Knowledge management has been recognized by the business and academic sectors as increasingly essential in every organization. Because of relative importance, many researchers and practitioners have created knowledge management framework.
Knowledge management frameworks are approaches and strategies that can be applied to certain organizations that have relatively the same characteristics. For example, there is a framework that are applicable to large organizations and small organizations, framework for health sector and another framework for software intensive organizations.
How it works? The primary goal of knowledge management frameworks is to collect the many frameworks, methodologies to be able to see a broader perspective to support KM implementation. It is also aimed to find out if these can be applied practically. There are several papers that discuss knowledge management frameworks in its full details. It contains the characteristics of the organizations, the advantages and disadvantages upon implementation of knowledge management, and the reason why certain framework works for this kind of organization. Sometimes the papers are accompanied by case studies, which illustrates how the framework can be implemented and the lessons learned in the process.
Although frameworks make the knowledge management an easier job for organizations, this does not mean that it is absolutely right for organizations. There are frameworks that are not well adapted to some businesses. There are some components and inter-relationships that are currently being studies in hopes that a better framework shall emerge in the near future. A company can benefit to use knowledge management frameworks, but make certain however, that a proper framework is being applied.