Thursday, 10 September 2015

How to promote KM through an awards system

Implementing and embedding Knowledge Management is not enough. We still need to sustain it, ensuring that it remains in people's consciousness as a key part of the way we work.  One way to do this is through awards schemes.

John Davis, Knowledge Management Representative for the 
Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 is recognized as the Outstanding Knowledge Management 
Professional of the Year by Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, 
chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers for his commitment in advancing, 
advocating and implementing KM across SWD. 
The Division was also recognized as the Top 
Division/Center of the Year for its implementation of KM
I often use the military as an exemplar organisation when describing the full adoption and embedding of knowledge  management. Through policies and principles, resources, processes and technology they have made KM a core part of the way they operate.

It was therefore interesting to come across this article which shows the use of awards to recognise good KM performers within the Army.

The article describes how the Southwestern Division of the Corps of Engineers was recognised  as an early adopter of KM, and how SWD's impact to the Corps’ Knowledge Management has been substantial, demonstrating improvements in business processes, embedding knowledge sharing in the workflow, and mapping and sharing knowledge in support of mission execution.

The Southwestern Division was given the  Top Division/Center of the Year award for its implementation of KM, and its principal KM Representative, John Davis was selected as the Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year.

You can see John explaining more about KM in the Army Corps of Engineers in a facebook video.

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