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Determining the Right Knowledge Management Strategy

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Determining the Right Knowledge Management Strategy

Mar 20, 2021   |  By
KMI Guest Blogger, Emily Harrinson

Information is crucial to the success of a business. Without proper management of information, there won’t be synergy among the staff, which could hurt its success. We now live in an era where staff cooperation is needed more than ever, especially as there are various means of communication and information gathering. These different means of gaining information or communication don’t translate the data into helpful knowledge. Also, it doesn’t guarantee that the knowledge gained will be shared appropriately. Knowledge management comes in here, so this post is just for you.

This post will arm you with the necessary knowledge you need to have about knowledge management and how to determine the right knowledge management strategy that will suit your business.  

What is Knowledge Management

Knowledge management is the creation, use, sharing, and management of information in any organization or business. This process involves the employees of a company and their customers. It is geared towards using knowledge to improve a company’s competitive advantage and allow it to be dominant in the market. In essence, knowledge management is making appropriate use of a business’s information.

The main areas of knowledge management are;

  • Knowledge accumulation
  • Knowledge storage
  • Knowledge sharing

Benefits of knowledge management

  • It makes it easy to access knowledge and information
  • An efficient workplace
  • Quicker informed decision-making
  • Optimized collaboration
  • It improves idea creation
  • Efficient knowledge and communication network for business
  • Boosts information and knowledge quality
  • The improved training process for employees
  • Boots employee focus and morale
  • Security for business information
  • Faster, better decision-making

Types of Knowledge Management

The types of knowledge management are;

Explicit Knowledge
Implicit Knowledge
Tacit knowledge

1. Explicit knowledge

Explicit is the knowledge reduced to a physical form through writing. It is the knowledge that has been codified, documented, and shared in that manner. It is the knowledge that is rigid in form. In summary, it is knowledge with a formal structure. Examples are instructions, reports, charts and other diagrams, worksheets, FAQs, office slides.

2. Implicit Knowledge

Implicit knowledge is, in essence, applied knowledge. It involves learned skills and the application of explicit knowledge to a scenario. Implicit knowledge is knowledge gained then applied to solve a problem. It consists of putting explicit knowledge to practice. For instance, using a strategy slide which is a form of explicit knowledge to a situation, would be categorized as implicit knowledge.

3. Tacit Knowledge

Tacit knowledge is a mutually understood knowledge. It is the information that doesn’t need to be disclosed before it is understood. It doesn’t exist in a structured format, nor is it applied to a situation. It is knowledge known without being taught. This type of knowledge is informal, and it has cultural ties—for example, understanding body language.

Examples of Knowledge Management Strategy

Documentation: This strategy revolves around centralizing manually or, better still, digitally the business documents. These documents can be stored using a manual filing cabinet or a digital one. This system has the following advantages.

Document retrieval becomes easy, and it is easier when stored digitally.
It adheres to the ethics of running a business.
It helps improve workflow.
It secures document longevity as there are backup processes.
Sharing document becomes easy.

Disadvantages

The document might not be protected adequately from outsiders. For instance, if an employee exposes the password to access digital files, the company can be adversely affected by the compromise.
Documentation can be time-consuming.
The document must be appropriately organized and structured for ease of retrieval, the.
There must be a continued update of documents, or the knowledge contained becomes obsolete.

Intranets and Collaboration Environments

These are private computer networks put on easily accessible and searchable communication platforms. The advantages of this strategy are;

  • They encourage cooperation among employees.
  • Knowledge flows freely among employees.
  • It improves internal social networking among employees.
  • Innovation levels rise due to the level of cooperation among employees.
  • Organized communication lines that help connect all teams.

Disadvantages;

  • Free flow communication can breed distractions.
  • Outsiders can easily access it.

Determining the right knowledge management strategy

In determining to use a knowledge management strategy or whether your knowledge management strategy is the right one, consider the following and use it as a guide to inform your decision.

Product Improvement

Knowledge management is not done for its sake. It has to establish something, and one of those things is whether the knowledge you have gotten from customers and other sources has caused you to notice problems with your products. Detecting these problems is a precursor to their Improvement. If your strategy is not giving you knowledge of customer experience with your products and their performance in the market, you should be changing your knowledge management strategy.

Customer Service: Assisted Service

Are your support personnel getting information from their customer service sessions, and how have they used that information? This is what should echo in your mind with your knowledge management strategy. The info gotten from customers through customer service sessions with them should translate to how you can help them. This knowledge of how to help them must also be shared and reused by your customer support. This suggests that there is room for collaboration in your customer support.

Customer service: Self Service.

Businesses now offer customers the ability to attend to some issues by themselves. Companies achieve this by giving customers the necessary direct knowledge. The information needed here is whether businesses share self-service knowledge on time, if customers find the knowledge enticing to read and if customers find the knowledge useful. To be sure of the impact this self-service has on a customer, businesses should provide ways to get feedback from their client. If your knowledge management does not allow you to know how impactful your self-service is, it needs to be fine-tuned or changed.

Impact on Business.

Your knowledge management must have a positive impact on your business. It would help if you got sale figures that would impress upon you the strategy you would take to improve sales. Your knowledge management has the ultimate goal of improving your business and your chances to compete in an already competitive market. If you can’t achieve this, then your knowledge management strategy isn’t as beneficial to you as it should be, and as such, you have to make changes.

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Bio:

Emily Harrinson is one of the most popular and influential editors of one of London’s top companies with an illustrious 15 years of service. Emily has used her wealth of experience to help edit custom essay papers. Also, she gives valuable insights on what people should look out for when people want to buy dissertations. Emily loves reading books, engaging in sports, and listening to music. Emily believes in being optimistic against all odds.

 

 

 

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