Applying Knowledge Management Approach for Improved Community Development
Keywords:Knowledge Management, Strategic Management and Community Development.
KnowledgeÂ Management (KM) is the key factor for the improved and survival of community development.
This paper is about community development. Community development is a broad term applied to the practice and academic disciplines of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities. Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with skills they need to effect change in their own communities.Â These skills are often concentrated around building political power through the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda.Â Community developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communitiesâ€™ positions within the context of larger social institutions.
The concept of Knowledge Management (KM) has been familiar to many people most organisation and communities have taken it only as theory and not put it into practice. Managing knowledge is as important as managing finances which play important role in developing community.
KM is deeply the running of community knowledge and intellectual resources that can improve a variety of structural and community performance characteristics and add value by enabling the creativity to act more knowledgably.Â KM is a process that helps community identify, select, organize, disseminate and transfer important information and expertise that are a part of community memory that typically resides within the community in an unstructured manner.Â This enables effective and efficient problem solving, dynamic learning, strategic planning and decision making.
KM comprises of strategies and practices used in an organizations to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of insights and experiences. It can be taken as a discipline that seeks to improve the performance of individuals and organizations by maintaining and leveraging the present and future value of knowledge assets.
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