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
The Dark Side of Open DataArticle by Eric Hinsdale and Abby ClobridgeOnline Searcher - Volume 42, Number 6 (November/December 2018)From the article: The environment around research data management and open data has become incredibly complex—and the evolution doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all. At the core of many of today’s challenges are machine learning, natural language processing, and predictive analytics—the methods used for processing tremendous quantities of data...
Six Months of Pioneering Data Protection and Privacy with the GDPR Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just passed its six month milestone. Not surprisingly, most organizations aren't yet in compliance, but one key takeaway is that good-faith efforts towards compliance are worth investing in. From the Information Today article by Kelly LeBlanc: "As Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation gains momentum impacting data privacy on a global level,...
Big Data In Agriculture: Research Data Loss Horror Stories We'll be presenting at the CGIAR Big Data in Agriculture Convention on October 2, 2018. Abby Clobridge and Eric Smith will be sharing three research data loss horror stories from an information security perspective -- situations that led to entirely preventable data loss. A common theme at many organizations where data is seen as a public good is that information security...