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Knowledge management in 2019: the year in review

With 2019 having drawn to a close, it’s time for our annual look back over what has been another outstanding year for RealKM Magazine, with a large number of additions to our growing library of evidence-based articles and videos on a wide range of knowledge management (KM) topics and related issues. As has already been happening in the overall field of management and also other management disciplines such as HR, better evidence-based practice is vital for the future of KM.

The past year has also seen significant progress on a number of the seven big new things in knowledge management, while others have evolved in new and exciting directions. These very important new initiatives are shaping the future of KM as an organisational endeavour, professional career, and research discipline.

A big thank you to the people who make RealKM possible

It’s been another year of very intensive activity for RealKM Magazine, with more than 1,000 articles and videos now published (see the lists below). None of this significant effort would have been possible without the incredible support of our greatly valued RealKM Patrons. Thank you so much for your very generous contribution to the success of RealKM Magazine:

  • A very special thanks to RealKM Platinum Patrons Stephen Bounds and Dr Arthur Shelley. Stephen Bounds is Executive, Information Management at Cordelta and the founding editor of RealKM Magazine. Dr Arthur Shelley is the founder of Intelligent Answers, a specialist consulting firm with the vision to “Build capabilities and productive relationships through creative learning.”
  • RealKM Silver Patrons Aprill Allen, Stuart French, Alex Thomas, and Bill Kaplan.
  • RealKM Bronze Patrons Amanda Surrey,  Simon Møller, Kristen J Booker, and DCision Consult Sàrl.
  • Our RealKM Patrons and RealKM Fans.

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Some of the great highlights of 2019

Progress on the big new things in KM

A year and a half ago, RealKM Magazine profiled the “seven big new things in knowledge management.”  Significant progress has been made with a number of the big new things, while others have evolved in new and exciting directions

I explore this progress and evolution in a recent RealKM Magazine article, and from my analysis, put forward a revised list of the seven big new things:

  1. Better evidence-based knowledge management
  2. An international organisation to represent knowledge professionals
  3. CILIP KM Chartership
  4. Working Out Loud (WOL)
  5. Open knowledge and open knowledge management
  6. Decolonising knowledge management
  7. Cross-domain knowledge integration and knowledge co-creation.

RealKM Cooperative established

RealKM was established in August 2015 through the foresight of founding editor Stephen Bounds, who is Executive, Information Management at Cordelta. In early 2019, Stephen formally transitioned RealKM to a community-owned model, with the RealKM Cooperative Limited registered in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 2 May 2019. This followed an inaugural meeting on 8 February 2019, at which Stephen Bounds, Bruce Boyes, and Dr Arthur Shelley were elected as directors. Dr Arthur Shelley is Director of specialist consulting firm Intelligent Answers, which is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Event participation

  • KM Asia 2019. RealKM was honoured to be invite to participate in the KM Asia 2019 conference on 9-10 April 2019 in Hong Kong. A wide range of thought-provoking presentations and discussions explored the themes of innovation and transformation in knowledge management (KM), as well as providing comprehensive and practical insights into the new ISO 30401 KM standard and KM certification processes. I delivered one of the opening presentations on the first day, where I used a storytelling approach to shed light on serious issues at the interface of technology and people in the aircraft and automotive industries. I was also very excited to report on the development of the CILIP KM Chartership initiative as part of a KM certification panel.
  • Melbourne KMLF. Australia’s Melbourne Knowledge Management Leadership Forum (KMLF) is a group at the leading edge of innovative thinking in KM, so I was delighted to be invited to be interviewed at the KMLF monthly meeting in January 2019.

RealKM Magazine: A foundation for evidence-based KM

Since its establishment four-and-a-half years ago, RealKM Magazine has cemented a vital role in the international KM landscape, becoming a key go-to resource for evidence-based KM. A growing number of our articles and videos have been viewed thousands of times, with our most popular article, David Williams’ “Components of a knowledge management system”, recently passing 25,000 views.

The types of articles and videos we publish include:

  • Article series that present large research reports and dissertations in more readily digestible weekly parts, or conduct an in-depth analysis of a particular issue or topic.
  • Feature articles that synthesize a range of research in regard to a topical KM issue.
  • Evidence summaries that present current research findings. These summaries are often based on recently published systematic reviews.
  • News items that announce events, book publications, or other significant developments in KM.

The comprehensive range of new articles and videos we’ve published in just 2019 includes:

Article series

Feature articles and videos

Evidence summaries that present current research findings

News items

Thank you, and best wishes!

Thank you to all of our readers for your great support in 2019, and best wishes for the new year ahead! Our heartfelt thanks also go to our contributors for their outstanding articles.

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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com), and a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and project management consultant. He holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction, and his expertise and experience includes knowledge management (KM), environmental management, project management, stakeholder engagement, teaching and training, communications, research, and writing and editing. With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee an award-winning $77.4 million western Sydney river recovery program, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support the sustainable management of landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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