In April 2014, Knoco Ltd conducted a global survey of Knowledge management activity and trends. Participation was free and confidential, and all participants received a free Knowledge Management Survey report. Nearly 400 people took part in the survey; mostly individuals leading Knowledge Management activities or members of Knowledge Management teams.
The Knowledge Management Survey report is now available for purchase.
The main outputs from the report are listed to the left, and the survey contains 48 charts and 30 tables of data. Three of the charts are presented and discussed here
Among the data collected through the survey was a subjective assessment of the maturity of knowledge management, described as "We are investigating KM but have not yet started", "We are in the early stages of introducing KM", "We are well in progress with KM", and "KM is embedded in the way we work". The picture to the right shows how this maturity level varies with company size. Click on the picture to see a larger version.
It is clear that the larger organisations are the most mature. Knowledge Management has historically been a big-company activity, but smaller companies are increasingly in the early stages of implementation, or in progress. The exception to this trend is the smallest category of company, many of which are niche consultancies for whom Knowledge Management is business critical.
Among the data collected through the survey was a subjective assessment of the value delivered to date through knowledge management, in US dollars, with respondents choosing the most representative value figure from a list. This was an optional datapoint, and a total of 64 respondents quoted a value number. The table to the right shows how the average delivered value varies with the length of time the organisation has been involved in Knowledge Management. Click on the table to see a larger version.
It is obvious that the longer an organisation is involved in KM, the more value is delvered. This is not however a linear relationship,partly because the companies with a longer history are also the larger companies. However it seems clear that the delivery of significant value from Knowledge Management will take at least 2 years.
Participants were asked whether Communities of Practice (CoPs) formed part of their KM approach. Organisations who answered Yes (and therefore who incorporate CoPs in their KM program), and who quoted a value delivery figure, delivered on average $145 million in value from Knowledge Management. Those who answered No delivered on average $9.4 million. 133 people continued to answer supplementary questions about their CoPs.
One of these questions covered the average size of CoPs, and another was a subjective assessment (marks out of 5) of Community effectiveness in delivering value.
From the plot shown here, there is a very close link between CoP size and perceived CoP effectiveness. Larger is better, and the largest CoPs were ranked as the most effective. However the survey showed that the majority of CoPs are small - the model size being 10 people, the median 50 and the mean 200.
A full pdf copy of the survey report, costing £95 (UK pounds) can be ordered using the payment button below. We will email you a copy on receipt of payment.
If you have paid through PayPal, we will email you a copy of the report. This is a manual process which we will complete as soon as possible, but may take a day or two over weekends and holidays. If you still haven't heard anything, there may be a glitch so please contact us and we will get back to you ASAP.