Welcome to Model Curricula for Knowledge Management Professionals. The demand for Knowledge Management (KM) professionals with knowledge management credentials is growing. In 2013, knowledge management is recognized as a professional discipline and area of practice. The Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF) community recognizes the need to identify and recommend a core curriculum for the knowledge management discipline -- one which can be used as a model by institutes, colleges and universities. Having a model curriculum will help to ensure robust and consistent preparation for knowledge management professionals.

Discussions of what a model curriculum might look like are underway in the Knowledge Management Education Forum. The KMEF community is a community of approximately 100 knowledge management professionals, representing academic faculty and students, the private sector and public sector organization. On behalf of the KMEF, Kent State has created a survey to assess the current state of knowledge management curricula, across all educational settings. Because knowledge management is an international discipline, the survey is international in scope and responses. The Forum members also recognize the need to consider other discipline support issues such as administrative support and placement, research support and funding, faculty credentials and stature. The survey addresses these issues as well.

The Knowledge Management Education Forum intends to conduct this survey on an annual basis to inform all interested parties of the state of the profession. The first survey was conducted in 2012. The results of that survey were published in the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Vol 12, Issue 4 (December 2013). You can read the results online. We intend to submit each year's survey results to JIKM for publication to the knowledge management community. The 2014 Survey will remain open until July 31, 2014.

We welcome and encourage your participation in this survey. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the survey link at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.

Consent Form

This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Dr. Denise Bedford, the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University and Dr. John Lewis, Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary, and you may discontinue your participation at any point in the survey. The survey typically takes 30 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers).

If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board at (330) 672-2704.

If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click on the survey link below to begin the experiment.

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