Abstract: Knowledge management spans numerous disciplines, so it is not surprising that graduate level programs in KM have their roots in diverse fields. Some have emerged from library science and focus on the management of information, including records management. Others come from an IT perspective and offer enterprise information systems or database management programs. Organizational development programs may offer KM masters or concentrations. Others address the analytic aspects of knowledge management, educating students in traditional analytics, big data and data science. Some programs provide a combination of fields, integrating management and technical skills in an effort to bridge the persistent gap between business and IT.
The bottom line is that many options are available for obtaining formal education in knowledge management and its related fields. What they have in common is that they tend to be aimed at mid-career individuals who want to augment their existing skill set with new capabilities or to launch an entirely new career. Most of the programs are structured as online part-time courses, allowing working individuals to advance their careers. Those that are not fully online may offer a blended approach of on-campus and online or an executive approach of having classes on a limited number of days (Friday evening and Saturday, for example) to allow employed individuals to participate.
This article describes a sampling of the programs offered by several universities in knowledge management and profiles students who have taken the programs.
Judith Lamont: Gaining KM “cred” in graduate school Academic programs help forge career paths. KMWorld, Volume 25, Issue 2, February 2016
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