Re: List of Knowledge Management Topics #KM101 #definition #roles

Eli Miron


It would be great if the final curriculum of the Knowledge Management Master's Degree Program at Kent State University, could be shared with the group




From: <> On Behalf Of Kevin Wheatly
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: [SIKM] List of Knowledge Management Topics #definition #KM101


Completely agree Patrick. Lists are really the building blocks or ingredients, if you will, towards making greater sense of what can be achieved in a variety of contexts and situations.



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From: <> On Behalf Of Patrick Lambe
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:51 AM
Subject: Re: [SIKM] List of Knowledge Management Topics #definition #KM101


Both Tim and Kevin displayed a very human urge to organise when faced with a collection in list format.


Collection into lists is an incredibly generative act (which is why the work Stan does is so influential). Generative because it stimulates self and others to organise. It is no coincidence that the explosion of scientific knowledge in Europe in the late 17th and early 18th century was accompanied by the growth of the encyclopedia as a literary form. And different people will organise differently based on their perspectives and needs. Each form of organisation gives us the opportunity to learn something new, because the organising principle reveals something different about the things being organised. It is no coincidence that the explosion of scientific knowledge in Europe in the late 17th and early 18th century was accompanied by the growth of the encyclopedia as a literary form. 


For example, Linnaeus organised biological organisms by physical (sexual) characteristics. That taught us about reproduction and directed our attention to the distinguishing characteristics of species. Buffon organised by context and habitat and that taught us about ecosystems and interactions/interdependencies between species. Cancers were traditionally organised by parts of the body and that directed treatments towards affected parts. Now, DNA sequencing permits new classifications of cancer that target treatments by their biological characteristics, no matter where they show up.


There are two points here:


1. The same lists can be organised in different ways, and different organising schemes can be productive in different ways.

2. None of this can happen without the Stans of this world. List makers rule!





Patrick Lambe
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On 14 Jun 2021, at 7:46 PM, Stan Garfield <stangarfield@...> wrote:


On Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 03:34 PM, Tim Powell wrote:

What is the PURPOSE-mission-goal of capturing such a list?  Who is it for?  How is it to be used?  What authority will it convey (if only by implication)?

Tim, thanks for these questions. I appreciate your post.

As a member of the Knowledge Management Master's Degree Program Board of Advisors Member at Kent State University, I started the list to help plan the curriculum. My intent was to provide a set of topics from which to select courses to offer. By creating a comprehensive list of possible course topics, the advisory board can avoid missing any that might be important.

Beyond this initial purpose, the list can be used by anyone interested in learning more about the field of knowledge management. Here is a comment I received when sharing the list in a LinkedIn post: "
Thank you very much. I love this. It will be helpful for me to understand KM".

It can be used as a KM encyclopedia. Patrick Lambe described me as an "encyclopedist of the discipline" which I think is accurate, so this list fits with his description. The list not only collects relevant topics; it includes links to articles that expand on each topic. So it is a curated collection of information and opinions on each topic.

It has no formal authority, but it may carry some weight based on my experience and that of the other contributors who responded to my request for additions. It is my personal view of the scope of the field, augmented by the contributions of other community members, including both objective explanations and subjective thinking.

I shared the list for three reasons:

  1. To solicit additional topics. This worked, as the list grew from 185 to 257 topics (so far).
  2. To start a lively discussion. This worked, as this is the 32nd post in the thread (so far).
  3. To make it available to those who might benefit from its content. Based on the comments received so far, I think it will be useful to others.


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