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The knowledge management spectrum – understanding the KM landscape

Derek Binney (Derek Binney is the Director of Marketing for the Corporate Knowledge Program, at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia, USA and also undertaking research in KM with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. e–mail:

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 1 March 2001



Knowledge management (KM) is the subject of much literature, discussion, planning and some action. Effectively implementing a sound KM strategy and becoming a knowledge–based company is seen as a mandatory condition of success for organizations as they enter the era of the knowledge economy. Yet KM remains a broadly ill–defined term, with many, often disparate management theories, applications and technologies claiming a place under the KM banner. Read individually, the literature often presents a single view of what is a multifaceted topic. The KM spectrum has been developed to assist organizations in understanding the range of KM options, applications and technologies available to them. It provides a view of the totality and complexity of the various KM theories, tools and techniques presented in the literature. It provides a framework within which management can balance its KM focus and establish and communicate its strategic KM direction. This article introduces the KM spectrum as a synthesis of current KM theories, applications, tools and technologies described in the literature.



Binney, D. (2001), "The knowledge management spectrum – understanding the KM landscape", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 33-42.




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