One of the difficulties with knowledge management has always been deciding exactly what it is, what it covers, why it is important and where the discourse boundaries lie. Here we gather definitions, views, pointers.

Denham suggests KM is:
A practice concerned with increasing awareness, fostering learning, speeding collaboration & innovation and exchanging insights. There is a delicate balance to be maintained between explicit and tacit, between personal and community, between collecting assets and enabling flows, between looking inward and externally, between mining and capturing insights and building on shared experiences.

Early reference (pre Wiig)

Rickson, R. E. Knowledge Management in Industrial Society and Environment Quality. Human Organization, 35 (3), 1976: 239-251. abstract

The KM Forum has an earlier collection from 1996 Murray and Barclay have their say Steve Barth, 2002 takes a turn Yogesh Malhotra talks 2005 A KM ontology may help 2nd generation KM from KMCI KM evolution as seen by Dave Pollard KM metaphors in organizations - Contrasting KM vs.IM is another approach The KnowledgeBoard has a dialog around this subject Visit "What is KM?" a web site that collects and evaluates KM definitions David Gurteen is capturing answers in video Dave Snowden sums up What is special and what went wrong, November 2006 Summary Often it is easier to start from what KM is not. There is general agreement that KM is about more than technology alone, that it covers a wider field than intellectual capital, that personal knowledge is not the whole picture, that KM involves more than a suite of practices. What is knowledge? KnowingKnowledge - Join the conversation and deepen your personal understanding