If you wish to attend the below (free to registered icke2009 Conference delegates) Pre-Conference Workshop being held on the 19th October 2009, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space. International Conference on Knowledge Economy 2009 Preconference Workshop Facilitated by John & JoAnn Girard Sponsored by Sagology The Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the past to Enhance Future Performance Today when most executives consider the intellectual capital of their organization, they focus on the present. They seek tools and techniques to exploit their organizational knowledge for some immediate gain. There is an emerging shift in thinking that will provide a lasting competitive advantage – the shift is from the present to the future. This workshop focuses on what executives should be doing now (or soon) to ensure the next generation of organizational leaders know what we knew. In other words, are we creating organizational memories today, which will be useful to the next generation of leaders? Will today’s baby-boomer based practices pass the test of time? Are our current processes the most relevant ones for the next generation of organizational leaders? To answer these questions the workshop is divided into three parts. Part 1 is introductory in nature and provides a concise overview of knowledge management: its genesis, the theory of knowledge, and the types of knowledge that exist. Part 2 builds on this foundation and highlights some of the successes and failures during the past two decades as baby-boomer executives struggled to develop effective ways of sharing what their organizations know. A review of projects suggests that many first generation knowledge management projects were based on collecting and classifying information. Second-generation knowledge management projects shifted the focus to codifying tacit knowledge and combining explicit knowledge to create new knowledge. Part 3 focuses on emerging ideas that show great potential. Today we are seeing some very promising results from third generation knowledge projects, which focus on connecting people and facilitating collaboration. Some pioneering organizations are now reaping the benefits of using social media tools such as wikis for collaboration and commercial social networking tools, for connecting people. These emerging tools and techniques provide flexible, agile, and intuitive solutions for connecting people with people and facilitating coordination, communication, and collaboration. Biographies John P. Girard John Girard, Ph.D. is an author, award-winning researcher, speaker and associate professor of management at Minot State University where he is actively engaged in academic research. He has written more than thirty articles and chapters for peer-reviewed or trade journals and books. John’s first book was an edited volume entitled Building Organizational Memories: Will you know what you knew? published by IGI Global in 2009. John is co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance published by Business Expert Press in 2009. In 2004, whilst acting as Director of Knowledge Management at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, John retired from the Canadian Forces at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He is a graduate of Touro University International, where he completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration. John is also a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canadian Forces College, Toronto and the Royal Military College of Science in the United Kingdom. John speaks regularly on the subject of knowledge management. He has spoken in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America at such events as KM World, APQC’s Knowledge Management Conference, the World Congress on Intellectual Capital, KM Australia, and InfoVision (India). John has undertaken training and consulting assignments for clients such as the Department of National Defence, Canadian Forces College, Canadian International Development Agency, U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps, and the Dubai Municipality. For more information, see www.johngirard.net JoAnn L. Girard JoAnn Girard is the cofounder and managing partner of Sagology (www.sagology.com) , a firm that focuses on connecting people with people to collaborate and share knowledge. She has worked on a variety of knowledge intensive research projects that considered issues such as information anxiety, enterprise dementia, and organizational memories. JoAnn is co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance published by Business Expert Press in 2009. JoAnn was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Building organizational memories: Will you know what you knew? published by IGI Global in 2009. Prior to forming Sagology, JoAnn was cofounder of two successful technology companies. Yacht- club.net developed and hosted web presences for yachting companies in the United States, England, Scotland, Spain, Gibraltar, and Greece. Quid Pro Quo Software developed educational and edutainment software, including their flagship game Trivia Mania. Before entering the high-tech arena, JoAnn worked in the travel industry and as a school librarian. The experience she gained in these information-intensive positions proved especially valuable as she considered the knowledge challenges confronting executives today. JoAnn dedicates most of her spare time to animals. She is a board member of her local zoological society and volunteers as an interpretive speaker at the zoo.