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The problem with ‘certified’ KM training

Abstract: I want to be clear at the outset of this blog that this is not an attempt to discredit any organisation involved in KM education. It is intended as a statement of observation that looks to pose questions on the progression of professional KM education.

Let me ask you this: Would you hire a finance manager without a CPA qualification? Would you have the confidence in their competence? I’ll take a guess that your answer is, probably not! I am not suggesting for a moment that KM can be governed in the same way as the public accounting field. My aim is to highlight the fact that perhaps more attention needs to be given to the education and experience required to work in the KM field.

David Griffiths: The problem with ‘certified’ KM training. Theknowledgecore’s Blog, August 7, 2011

Copyright (CC BY-SA 3.0) David Griffiths.

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  • Blog preview and discussion in the ‘Gurteen Knowledge Community’ Group on LinkedIn.
  • Video on the Certified Knowledge Manager Myth
  • Guy St. Clair’s response and blog:

    • KM/Knowledge Services Education and Certification – The Discussion Continues, SMR International, August 9, 2011

    Guy also distributed his blog to various dicussion groups and added the responses from there to his blog posts (16 Comments so far)

    1) LinkedIn Groups (comments): Gurteen Knowledge Management Community (1 comment), KM Forum (13 comments), Knowledge Management (0 comments), The Braintrust: Knowledge Management Group (0 comments), The Institute for Knowledge and Innovation at GWU (0 comments)…

  • Jochen Robes, a popular German learning management specialist affiliated to the Knowledge Management community, responds to David’s blog post with the following statement.

    “David Griffiths macht sich Sorgen um die Akzeptanz und Glaubwürdigkeit der Profession Wissensmanagement. Die Wunde, auf die er seinen Finger legt, betrifft die Wissensmanagement-Ausbildung und damit die Kompetenzen, die ein Wissensmanager heute mitbringen sollte. Gibt es hier anerkannte Standards, geregelte Ausbildungsgänge, bewährte Qualifikationen, auf die man sich berufen könnte? Nein, sagt er (und das gilt sicher auch für den deutschsprachigen Raum). Warum ist das so? Ich will eine kurze These versuchen: Wissensmanagement ist eine junge Disziplin, die einen schlechten Start hatte. Diese Anlaufschwierigkeiten haben die Herausbildung von Standards und Gemeinsamkeiten behindert, wenn nicht verhindert. Jetzt, wo dies möglich wäre, droht das nächste Unheil: wer heute aktiv Wissensmanagement betreiben will, lässt sich möglicherweise lieber zum Social Media- oder Community Manager ausbilden, als auf das “certified KM training” zu warten.”

    Jochen Robes: The problem with ‘certified’ KM training. weiterbildungsblog, 06 September 2011 (2 Comments For This Post)

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