Partner with TU's Collins School of Business: Few Organizations Implement Knowledge Management

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The knowledge management industry is so new that organizations are talking about it but few are spending resources to implement it, said Chuck Tryon, founder and president of Broken Arrow-based Tryon and Associates.

Tryon was the co-chairman of the Knowledge Project Management Symposium at the University of Tulsa Aug. 4-5 with Suliman Hawamdeh. The TU Collins School of Business, specifically the Center for Executive and Professional Development, played host to the conference.

The KPM chairmen wrote a chapter on project-based knowledge management that will appear in an upcoming book titled Convergence of Project Management and Knowledge Management. The book is set for release this fall.

Tryon is a partner with TU's Collins School of Business.

There is at least one Tulsa-based organization attempting to address the challenge of knowledge management by hiring designated knowledge managers, Tryon said.

"Others have attempted to implement KM by simply purchasing repository products so people have a place to store their content," Tryon said. "That has resulted in a dumping ground effect where valuable knowledge cannot be found."

There are few companies that are advanced in their implementation of full KM, Tryon said.

"They are typically in a highly competitive market where the reuse of knowledge is what keeps them alive," Tryon said.

Organizations always seem to race to a purchased technology solution, Tryon said.

"It is much easier to spend a few hundred thousand dollars on repository technology than to create a culture that encourages and nurtures knowledge sharing," Tryon said. …


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