Knowledge Management Institute

John Hovell Bio

Meet John Hovell - KMI's Instructor for the Certified Knowledge Manager, and the Knowledge Transfer CKS Program

As a leader in the convergence of Knowledge Management (KM) and business strategy, BAE Systems' head of Organisational Development (OD), John is a practitioner, speaker, and author in OD, KM strategy and methods. 

John led a team to win a Chairman's Award at BAE Systems in 2014. Previously, John was part of a team to win the prestigious NOVA award, Lockheed Martin's top recognition award, for accomplishments related to knowledge management. Additionally, he was instrumental in the creation and execution of the enterprise KM strategy for ManTech International Corporation. 

John volunteered as the corporate lead for the award-winning annual STEMmerday event where thousands of participants engaged in science, technology, engineering and math related learning activities. John serves on several advisory boards including the International Knowledge Management Institute, Training Industry Quarterly, and Synergy Development and Training.

John has led or been a member of 5 different teams that have won awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2015, he was named the 8th most influential person in Knowledge Management (#28 in 2013).
He published a chapter in a book titled "Making It Real: Sustaining Knowledge Management" and became a fellow with the Royal Society for Arts (RSA). In 2009, he was honored by Training Magazine as one of the "Top Young Trainers" after being honored in 2008 as one of the top “Young Trainers to Watch.” In 2007, he earned his Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM) certification from the International Knowledge Management Institute.
He earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2005.
He earned his master’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Specialties: knowledge management, knowledge strategy, strategy, organisation development, innovation, collaboration, communities of practice, knowledge markets.

On Video...

The Knowledge Transfer Process (KTP), part 1 of 3, delivered in London, 2016.




 Time Chasm - Might there be a new way to look at the classic tension
 between 'Strategy' and 'Action'?

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How to Practice the Future of Work and Customer Delight (2015)
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Knowledge Management Priorities (2015)
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Invigorating New Ecosystems of Work (2015) 
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Content, Delivery, and Message: How Do You Define a Workshop? (2014)
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Communities of Practice (CoP) - Have We Got it Right? (2014)
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