Knowledge Management Consortium International


LocationUnited States
CategoriesKnowledge Management

KMCI was founded in 1997 as an international professional association of Knowledge Management practitioners. What attracted most of its initial founders and early members, in particular, were its plans to develop a compelling new school of KM practice inspired by complexity theory. This was uncharted territory in KM at the time. KMCI’s conceptual orientation later expanded to include organizational learning theory, systems thinking in general, and more recently, epistemology.

KMCI’s work eventually led to the development of a rich set of conceptual frameworks now known collectively as The New Knowledge Management (TNKM). The content and application of TNKM theory and practice is now taught by KMCI professionals to KM practitioners around the world, in what we believe is the most advanced KM course of its type in Knowledge Management: The Certificate Workshop in Knowledge and Innovation Management (CKIM).

In 2002, KMCI discontinued its membership programs so that it could devote more of its resources to the development of TNKM theory and practice. By then, KMCI had become a leading think tank in the field, and all of its resources were required to serve that end of its mission, including its training programs. Out of this redistribution of resources came some of KMCI’s most important contributions to KM. These included its guidelines for achieving Sustainable Innovation, how to improve performance and lower risk by creating Open Enterprises, and its all-important methodological contribution, K-STREAM™.

In 2003, KMCI strengthened its commitment to the Open Enterprise concept by agreeing to be acquired by the Center for The Open Enterprise, a Vermont-based LLC formed that same year by three former KMCI members. In 2006, KMCI's assets and liabilities were acquired by Executive Information Systems, Inc. KMCI continues to operate today as the KM training and research arm of EIS, and is led by Joseph M. Firestone, Ph.D. Managing Director and CEO.

Video: Knowledge Cafe at KMAP 2006

Gurteen Knowledge Cafe at KMAP 2006 in Hong Kong, December 2006, facilitated by David Gurteen and Raksha Sukhia. Courtesy of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Knowledge Management Research Centre.

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