In order to properly manage your organizations human capital assets it is important to identify who are the knowledge holders within the organization. Creating a knowledge map is an excellent tool to facilitate the identification of the key knowledge holders, knowledge gaps and identifies areas to leverage existing knowledge and where knowledge is eroding. However, performing a knowledge mapping exercise should focus on a particular department, functional area, or specific organization domain and gradually built upon until an entire knowledge map of your organization exist.

Knowledge mapping is an essential component of conducting a knowledge audit. The knowledge map serves as a navigation aid to explicit (codified) and tacit knowledge. This mapping directly leads to identifying candidates for tacit knowledge capture within the organization. The knowledge map should be an interactive knowledge map with accessibility through the organizations intranet. For more information on knowledge maps and/or knowledge audits access the following link: http://kmwiki.wikispaces.com/knowledge+mapping


Above is an example of a Knowledge Map of A.J. Rhem & Associates, Inc. (http://www.ajrhem.com/)
I welcome your comments, questions, and insights on using knowledge maps and in particular knowledge maps for human capital management and capturing worker knowledge.
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