• The purpose of knowledge management is to foster the reuse of intellectual capital, enable better decision making, and create the conditions for innovation.
  • KM provides people, processes, and technology to help knowledge flow to the right people, at the right time, so they can act more efficiently, effectively, and creatively.
  • Knowledge management enables Sharing, Innovating, Reusing, Collaborating, and Learning (SIRCL).
  • Explicit knowledge is knowledge that has been articulated and, more often than not, captured in the form of text, tables, diagrams, product specifications and so on.
  • Tacit knowledge is knowledge that cannot be articulated. As Michael Polanyi (who coined the term) put it, “We know more than we can tell.”
  • Implicit knowledge is knowledge that can be articulated but hasn’t. Its existence is implied by or inferred from observable behavior or performance.



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Stan Garfield

Stan Garfield


Knowledge Management Author and Speaker, Founder of SIKM Leaders Community, Community Evangelist, Knowledge Manager https://sites.google.com/site/stangarfield/