Who Makes a Good Knowledge Champion?

Abstract: Poet and writer, Khalil Gibran once said, “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle”. How true. However, we would like to take this a little further by saying that starting an initiative to make this knowledge ‘act’ is only half the job. The other half is about fi nding the right people to champion it.

Many organizations have robust and structured Knowledge Management (KM) practices in place, but yet continue to struggle with its upkeep and support, because they cannot find the right people to champion it. That is why the role of a Knowledge Champion (KC), also known as – knowledge advocate, knowledge activist, knowledge coordinators etc. plays an important part in taking the principles of KM into the field of action. Since most Enterprise KM teams are small, KCs play a major role in deploying KM in the organization. KC is a single point of contact for the Enterprise KM team and drives KM practices at various levels in the organization. As with other members of the KM team, KCs should also have a structured and institutionalized place in the framework, along with clear roles and responsibilities.

Satish Prasad: The Champions of Knowledge Management. CSI Communications, June 2012: 8-9.

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