Are Your Intellectual Assets at Risk?

Venue: Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2006 End Date/Time: Dec 05, 2006
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Knowledge Management (KM) is an integrated approach to identifying, managing, and sharing a company’s knowledge-based intellectual assets. As an industry sector dependent on innovation, embedding best practice in KM is key to ensuring continued success. While technology is an important enabler, addressing a knowledge culture and process is currently the greatest challenge. How far should we go? Should we seek to control and direct what people have come to know, what they have delivered as output and then enable it to be securely distributed? KM enables more efficient and effective team-based communication, cooperation and collaboration. The value of intellectual assets is a function of their ability to be shared – but to the right people at the right time; managing their security while providing appropriate distribution is a major challenge and needs clear management structures to ensure that there is responsibility for managing these assets. As companies increasingly seek to globalize their business models, the challenges we face are multiplied; language, time zone, and cultural differences are just some examples.

Current and emerging knowledge management systems coupled with a clear legal strategy, business process model and management focus can substantially minimize these challenges.


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