A Synopsis of Trends in Knowledge Management

By Heather Creech on May 3, 2007
This IISD Knowledge Communications Practice Note briefly reviews seven trends that are influencing how organizations are approaching knowledge management. These trends are: convergence; transition from the storage and retrieval of information to active engagement with the knowledge user; shifting emphasis from knowledge to influence; a new focus on social capital and social networks; open source/open content: addressing the democratization of knowledge-sharing; the adoption of different modalities; and adaptive management.

These notes were originally prepared as background for a study on knowledge mobilization for IUCN – The World Conservation Union; it has subsequently been expanded and updated. For more information on the full study, click here.

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IISD, 2007