Corporate sustainability and knowledge management

February 10, 2007 at 10:40 am 9 comments

Tree of connectivityI have been exploring the linkages between KM and corporate sustainability – what might be the role KM has to play in moving an organisation towards sustainability? you can read my preliminary ideas here Corporate sustainability and KM


Entry filed under: Knowledge Management, Sustainability.

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  • 1. Jeff Merrell  |  February 13, 2007 at 5:26 am

    Been exploring similar territory in my blog…And have found there are other KM enthusiasts thinking/working in the same space. Check out the KM Cluster, for example…



  • 2. thinkingshift  |  February 16, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Hi Jeff
    Thx so much for your comment. The linkages between KM and sustainability are becoming increasingly visible and I know that many of us are exploring the terrain. Thx for the link to the KM Cluster, I’ll certainly check it out.

  • 3. Paul Hobcraft  |  February 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I think it will become increasingly important to use Knowledge in more productive ways through the Corporate approach to Sustainability
    Knowledge sharing can help bridge this and explore and bring this to life as we need to understand and translate our actions.

  • 4. thinkingshift  |  February 17, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    thx for your comments Paul! I share your notion that KM will support sustainability.

  • 5. John James O'Brien  |  March 1, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Kim! Looking forward to taking up a sustainability discussion when we connect…in the mean time, a few thoughts. In my own (nascent) blog, I made an observation about fiduciary responsibility and the corruption of what should be a sensible, responsible approach to management now replaced by a voracious, consuming drive to “grow”. I think that until we restore the notion that “enough” is a legitimate goal, that there is a just right that does not strip away the very value that is extracted, then we will find sustainability a hard sell.

    Nonetheless, it’s a sell worth making, and I like the inclusion of sustainability in the KM space. Reading The Last hours of Ancient Sunlight (Hartmann) I m reminded that there was a time when self-sufficiency was sought in order to support a quality of life that had more to do with shared experience than bling.

    Here in Hong Kong, quality of life seems something that people think of as, well, elsewhere. Hours are long, and for many people, work is characterized by conformity in a risk averse workplace. That’s a far cry from Intelligent, much less the Sustainable/Protector model.

    Rob and I have created a new KRD model that represents a continuum from evidence-based decision making through to intellectual capital development…sustainability is woven into it and we’re looking forward to your thoughts on it!


  • 6. thinkingshift  |  March 1, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    Hi there John
    GREAT to see you on ThinkingShift and indeed looking forward to seeing you and Rob in Hong Kong soon. You touch on an intriguing notion – “enough” – what constitutes enough in our society or for corporations pursuing short-term profit? to engage in sustainability, I think we’ll have to confront this – as resources dwindle; as people burn out from workplace stress; as communities continue to lose cohesiveness etc – at what point do we say “enough”?
    Look forward to conversing with you and Rob on your KRD model too.
    Kim Sbarcea

  • 7. James King  |  May 30, 2007 at 4:17 am

    James King

    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read.

  • 8. thinkingshift  |  May 30, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Hi James
    Glad you stumbled onto ThinkingShift and like what you found. Hope you return :)-

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