There has been some discussion recently in the ACTKM group in Australia about the death of KM - one of the primary indicators for KM's demise being the Google Insight plot below
This plot shows a steady reduction in searches for the term "knowledge management" over the past 8 years.
Does this mean that KM is in a decline? On first sight, you might conclude that this is the case, and that the death of KM is only about 2 years away.
However when you look at search terms for other management disciplines, you find similar trends.
Here's Risk Management - also in decline
Here's quality management - very similar to KM
Here's cost management, even more similar.
So all of these plots say to me that Knowledge Management, as far as Google insights is concerned, doesn't seem to be significantly different in trend from other management disciplines. You could argue that the curve for KM is steeper, but not significantly so.
So a couple of conclusions
1. On this evidence, KM is about as dead as risk management, quality management and cost management.
2. KM seems, on this evidence, to behave like an established management discipline. This is good news! KM is not dead, it's established.
3. There's something funny about the Google Insight results. I can't see a logical reason why the searches for all these terms have decreased so far over the past 8 years.