Matt Moore provides his own irreverent perspective on this month’s forum meeting:

“I am no longer a committee member of the NSW KM Forum but I reserve the right to attend and heckle speakers for having the temerity to hold opinions other than my own.”

Thanks, Matt. Feel free to heckle away…

Telstra are currently looking for someone to join their KM team:

“Telstra’s Enterprise and Government (E&G) Knowledge Management team is responsible for managing content and communications for all product, service and solution initiatives that require delivery to market by the E&G sales force. The team undertakes the development, design and delivery of the Knowledge Management toolkit used in this task. We are a key stakeholder in the ‘Go to Market’ process and play a pivotal role within the sales, marketing and product management teams in the launch of these activities. “

The role is Sydney or Melbourne based. Care of the person you might be working forKeith De La Rue, who has his own blog and is active in Melbourne’s KMLF.

Canberra-based Matthew Hodgson couldn’t attend last night’s KM Forum, but inspired by the theme of the meeting he reflects:

“Until we see a move in the direction of science theory we’re still going to see KM enslaved with thoughts that just as SAP or CRM software can help with the management of ‘things’ like clients and people, that just as you manage people’s performance with performance management and Sigma Six processes, you can manage knowledge with software by IBM or emerging from the popular Web 2.0 movement like they were beans being canned in a factory.

Should KM be more psychology than management? Yes! Let’s see more discussion by people like Olsson. Let’s see more theories and tested hypotheses on how people create, store and share knowledge. Let’s explore what knowledge is and what it means to people. And let’s see less self-help-styled management gurus, their theories and their books telling us and spreading falsehoods about what KM definitely isn’t.”

Or “Who cares about a bunch of dead French guys anyway?”…  full details of this month’s forum meeting are available here.

WHERE: Ernst & Young, The Ernst & Young Centre, 680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Download a map.

WHEN: 5.30pm for 6pm Tuesday 24th April.

HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation.

WHAT NEXT? If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to: nswkmforum<at>gmail.com (hint: replace the <at> with a normal @ to complete the email address and please include the date and/or title of the event in the subject line).

Or “Who cares about a bunch of dead French guys anyway?”

What

In 2002, Tom Wilson wrote his controversial article ‘The nonsense of knowledge management’, arguing the philosophical naivety of prevailing approaches to knowledge management. Similarly, Snowden (2002) has described first generation knowledge management as epistemologically naïve, grounded in an implicit assumption that knowledge was a ‘thing’ to be ‘captured’. This presentation will draw on theories & approaches from a range of disciplines including information behaviour research, philosophy, discourse analysis, communication theory, sociology of knowledge, as well as the speaker’s own research to explore alternative approaches to understanding the nature of knowledge. These socio-cultural perspectives, it argues, provide a more theoretically robust basis for 21st Century knowledge management research and practice.

Who

Dr Michael Olsson, Lecturer, Information & Knowledge Management, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney. Dr Michael Olsson is a lecturer in the Information and Knowledge Management program at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he teaches in both the undergraduate and post-graduate programs. He is an active researcher in the field of information behaviour research with a particular interest in the social construction of knowledge. He presented a paper (co-authored with Sue Halbwirth) “Working in parallel”: themes in knowledge management and information behaviour at the Third International Conference on Knowledge Management, University of Greenwich, London, 31st July – 2nd August 2006.. He has previously worked in a variety of roles in the IT industry in both the corporate and government sectors. His outside interests include literature, philosophy, medieval history, the theatre, classic cars, motor sport and fencing.

WHERE: Ernst & Young, The Ernst & Young Centre, 680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Download a map.

WHEN: 5.30pm for 6pm Tuesday 24th April.

HOW MUCH: Gold coin donation.

WHAT NEXT? If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to: nswkmforum<at>gmail.com (hint: replace the <at> with a normal @ to complete the email address and please include the date and/or title of the event in the subject line).