Knowledge Audits: The First Step Towards Knowledge Management
Through a knowledge audit, uncover organizational knowledge management practices & activities, build from what's working, identify areas for improvement.
When an organization is embarking on a Knowledge Management strategy for the first time, we recommend starting with a knowledge audit.
All organizations are already involved in some level of Knowledge Management -- even if they are not thinking about those processes within the framework of Knowledge Management.
At FireOak Strategies, we work with all types of organizations to assess existing processes, practices, procedures, and systems that are tied to Knowledge Management-- either directly or indirectly -- and use this as a starting point for developing and implementing a full Knowledge Management strategy.
Purposes of a Knowledge Audit:
- To identify and prioritize the top knowledge management challenges at your organizations -- which issues are creating the biggest problems
- To develop a clear picture of how an organization manages its information and knowledge assets
- Understand how individuals within an organization share knowledge
- Understand motivations and incentives for knowledge exchange
- Identify elements of organizational culture and organizational learning that are tied to knowledge management
- Identify current successes, best practices, and cultural behaviors that can be built upon
- Identify key areas for bottlenecks, redundancies, missed opportunities and areas of concern
Knowledge audits are usually conducted as part of the planning phase to develop and implement knowledge management initiatives. Within this framework, a completed knowledge audit should be used to inform decision makers about how/where to proceed and which areas should be prioritized.
A knowledge audit is an ideal tool to use as a blueprint for moving forward in developing an organizational knowledge management strategy. It allows us to ensure that we're solving the right knowledge management problems.
Latest Knowledge Management News & Resources
Adopt a Dataset and Show Your Support for Open Data and Love Data Week! By Kelly LeBlanc, FireOak Knowledge Management Specialist February 15, 2019 In honor of “Love Data Week” (Feb, 11-15, 2019), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is promoting a unique experience for individuals to “adopt a dataset.” This no-cost, no-mess adoption allows the individual to select a dataset hosted by ICPSR and get to know...
Collection #1 Password Analysis by Eric Smith, FireOak Strategies Chief Technologist & Information Security Officer February 15, 2019 In January 2019, a massive database of email addresses and passwords was released on the internet. The collection included over 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords, credentials that were assembled from many data breaches. The FireOak information security team has analyzed the collection. Two of our key takeaways:...
What We're Reading -- February 11, 2019 The FireOak team keeps an eye out for and shares the most interesting articles, reports, and case studies related to managing, sharing, and securing information, data, and knowledge. Here are some snippets from what we're reading right now. This week: reflections from the University of Saskatchewan on their adoption of Open Educational Resources (OERs). This book chapter explores how the use of OER...