Since I began working in formal KM more than 10 years ago now, I’ve noticed a scarcity of writing about alternative KM strategies practitioners might consider. Strategies include a vision of goals and objectives and a high level plan for achieving them. In the early days of KM many practitioners simply viewed KM practice as an opportunity to build Best Practices databases. Later the action moved to Communities of Practice, and CoP projects were often viewed as the answer to the KM question. Next came an emphasis on portals and later a less intense emphasis on collaborative software. As my series on KM 2.0 is illustrating, now strategy seems to be to aim at enhancing knowledge sharing by implementing Web 2.0 technology in the enterprise.
From my point of view, all of the above seem to substitute decisions to implement either a technique or one or more software tools, for a strategy containing a vision, goals and objectives and a high-level plan. Thus, the question posed this blog is: “Why Don’t We Write Much About KM Strategies?” This suggests another question: “Why Don’t We Think Much About KM Strategies?”