Ask GovLoop on Knowledge – Is KM an Noun or a Verb?

Knowledge is a noun and learning is a verb. According to Andy Moore of KMWorld, to provide an answer, you have to understand the question. Is KM a noun or a verb? Is it something you acquire? Or is it something you do?

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Profile Photo jana gallatin

Anything with the term management attached is an action verb…a long term action verb. There is no Ronco solution to things that require management.

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Profile Photo jana gallatin

Ed I agree about doing the noun, but isn’t doing an active thing? A verb 😉 How about “I manage knowledge.” Taking responsibility for the doing. That is kind of the point IMHO.

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Profile Photo Wendy Reynolds

I agree that it’s a verb, BUT note how adding the word “office” or “program” shifts it back into the world of nouns, making it someone else’s problem. We need to verbalize KM. (All puns intended)

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Profile Photo Darron Passlow

As an Aussie, we still sing the praises of Her Majesty (the Queen of England) and the “Queen’s English”.
You guys (in USA) did break away a bit earlier than we did here in Australia. But..
English tells us that;
Knoweldge is a noun. Management is a noun. (Manage is the verb)
The act of managing knowledge, referred to as Knowledge Management (is a noun as it describes something).

Lisa’s attempt to explain the question (Is KM a noun or a verb?) with two other questions is confusing and implies another question. The question Lisa is asking is;
“Is Knowledge Management (not KM jargon) something we acquire or something we do?”
Perhaps a more important question is;
“Are we capturing and retaining our Knowledge (a noun) and are we managing (a verb) important Knowledge (a noun).
I hope this English lesson is taken in good faith and by the way it is years since I studied “the Queen’s English” so what would I know!
Enjoy.
From a friend in OZ.

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