This website covers knowledge management, personal effectiveness, theory of constraints, amongst other topics. Opinions expressed here are strictly those of the owner, Jack Vinson, and those of the commenters.

KM research as a science

Jeremy Aarons is attempting to define the discipline of KM Research in scientific terms. I don't know how scientific I am, but I appreciate his acknowledging that the research has to have both theoretical and practical aims, rather than solely one or the other. I tend to focus on the practical, but I fully understand that there have to be people that fit the theoretical together with the practical.

Dubbings and Diversions: KM research as a science?

When I say that KM needs to be more scientific what I mean is that KM research needs to have:

  • A clear set of aims (both practical and theoretical)
  • A well-defined theoretical/methodological framework
  • Transparent data gathering and analysis techniques
  • Techniques for validation of conclusions and refinement of theory

What I'm not saying is that KM research should endeavour to emulate the commonly used methodology of the physical sciences -i.e. Popperian hypothesis formulation and testing. I'm definitely not saying that KM research is precisely like a physical science, since the social dimension is clearly central to KM.

I am saying that KM research is not sociology. KM is not just story telling and cultural interpretation. KM is all about pragmatic aims - involving both understanding and manipulating the world - and in that respect has much in common with the physical sciences.

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