Functions and Competencies of Knowledge Management Professionals

Welcome to the Survey of Functions and Competencies of Knowledge Management (KM) Practitioners. The field of knowledge management has been evolving and expanding over the past 60 years. This is a field with recognized thought leaders, with diverse areas of practice, a wide range of job titles and roles, specialized skills and competencies has no established and recognized standards pertaining to KM education or practice. KM has evolved, moving from a focus on structuring knowledge and content to including social media and a wide variety of processes and tools. KM is not experienced or practiced consistently across companies, universities, countries or regions. This lack of consistent output and structure has made some people question whether or not KM is truly a discipline requiring specific or unique skills to do this work.
In 2011, the Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF) conducted the functions and competencies survey and had significant success in gaining visibility into the status of the KM practitioner in academe and industry. Conducting this research annually provides a constant and consistent understanding of what education, skills and competencies the KM practitioner needs to be successful. We need KM Practitioners to take this survey so that industry and academe can adequately address the needs of all KM practitioners.
We welcome and encourage your participation in this survey. You can complete the survey at . Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.
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The study is being conducted by Dr. Annie Green, adjunct faculty at Kent State University and George Washington University, Giora Hadar, FAA (Retired), and Marion Georgieff, Department of Homeland Security. It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. The survey is entirely voluntary and you may terminate your participation in the survey at any time. 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 typically takes 15 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). Many individuals find participation in this study enjoyable, and no adverse reactions have been reported thus far.

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.

This survey will close on March 31, 2014.


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