2019 Knowledge Management Summit

Sub-themes:

  1. Role of open data in enhancing National and County Governments collaborations towards achievement of the Big Four Agenda
  2. Knowledge Based Systems
  3. Knowledge and Process Management
  4. Knowledge Mining and Discovery
  5. Artificial Intelligence
  6. Knowledge-Driven Automation

Background

Today’s public and private sector environment is characterized by highly transparent markets and global competition. Technology life cycles are decreasing due to the fast pace at which development of new technologies is progressing. To compete in this environment, it is necessary for Governments and Businesses to identify upcoming innovations and trends as early as possible to decrease uncertainty, implement technology leadership, and create competitive advantage. In this context, managing knowledge assets is a critical task for National and Devolved Governments in Kenya. Knowledge management provides a road map for organizations to acquire, utilize and analyze their knowledge assets to become successful. Knowledge is the spirit of competitive edge. As knowledge has always been readily available, it can be accessed as and when required. It is versatile and can be transferred formally or informally. The best reason for the Government of Kenya to develop a knowledge management system is to accelerate the attainment of its development Strategy such as the “Big Four Agenda” by turning intellectual assets into value through innovation. The Big Four seeks to enhance food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare as the priority areas that the Government would tackle in response to the needs of Kenyans.

The 21st century is demanding for knowledge and subsequently its management. It is required for securing competitive edge and learning in organizations. Therefore, Kenya should progressively invest in knowledge-based systems and create a pool of knowledge workers to be represented as an intellectual capital. The industry driven economy is now transforming into a knowledge-based economy.

Knowledge Management involves all the components of organizations, that is, people, technology and processes. Knowledge Management caters for certain critical issues of organization’s adaptation, survival & competence in the face of increasingly discontinuous environmental change. Essentially, it embodies organizational processes that seek synergistic combinations of data & information, processing capacity of information technology and the creative, innovative capacity of human beings. A key challenge of  knowledge-based systems is cultivating innovation. It is expected that the Kenya Government should create and continue to maintain conducive environment for innovation and change with the aim of building a knowledge culture where her employees are free to build and share knowledge. The essence of knowledge management therfore lies in:

  • Understanding and valuing intangible assets over tangible assets
  • Understanding that human and intellectual capital are the greatest resources in an organization
  • Managing the skills and competencies that lie within an organization and allowing them to flourish
  • Allowing people to be the best that they can be to optimize performance

Knowledge Management can transform organizations into new levels of effectiveness, efficiency and scope of operation through advancements in technology, data and information. The modern Public and business manager is able to discover and learn new measures, new technologies, and new opportunities, but this requires the ability to gather information in usable formats and disseminate knowledge to achieve the organization’s objectives. Knowledge Management is continually discovering what an organization knows—coding of tacit knowledge, Data Mining, and Business Intelligence;  continually increasing what the organization knows—organizational learning and communities of practice, and continually organizing and disseminating explicit knowledge for use throughout the organization. The 2019 Knowledge Summit seeks to achieve increased learning through knowledge sharing among peers towards enhancing strategic knowledge management as a tool and strategy in the development of  National and Devolved Governments as well as the private sector.

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