Top Influencers In Knowledge Management 2013

Top Influencers In Knowledge Management 2013


Putting aside my previous skepticism on the value of influence and reputation scores , whether it’s Kred, KloutPeerindex or whatever, I was taken by surprise to see that I featured in the top 100 Knowledge Management Influencers list compiled by Mindtouch.

As it is, I’m halfway through a Social Network Analysis (SNA) course being run by Prof Lada Adamic at the University of Michigan, which I signed-up for to satisfy my thirst for knowledge on this topic, and I’m getting a much deeper appreciation on different types of networks, how they evolve and what influences their structures. Having analysed my own Facebook network (Twitter is next) I was a somewhat surprised to see how closely the quantitative analysis matched my qualitative perspective on who my influencers were.

I don’t know exactly how Mindtouch created the KM Influencers list, though it will have been based on some aspect of SNA, e.g. number of influencers that follow a particular person, but the stand-out thing for me is that nearly all of the people on the list are the people that I follow and listen to on the topic of ‘KM”. Some of them are definitely my influencers, and I guess I must also be influencing some of them. Leaving aside the potential for strong reciprocation within the network, it probably does give a view of who might be worth following if you’re interested in knowledge management (and I’m not saying that because I want more followers).  Like the other people in this list, I would soon drop out of the reckoning if I consistently spouted rubbish or untruths. I value my reputation (online and offline) and – though some may laugh – I’m quite proud to have bene featured in this list, and will display the badge with some pride!


3 thoughts on “Top Influencers In Knowledge Management 2013

  1. Steve, you deserve the recognition. It is a small but influential community, that is shaping many of our thinking about new working practices, collaboration, knowledge sharing and re-use. You all on the list recognise and are shaping the shift from old industrial working practices to ones that have a greater focus on people, their expertise and social capital. It is really good to see commentators and practitioners like yourself, Chris Collison, Euan Semple, Arthur Shelley and Nick Milton, to mention just a few, getting name-checked on the list.

    1. Hi Richard,

      many thanks for your kind words and support. I liked your mention: “…focus on people, their expertise and social capital…” – which is as good an explanation for that much-misunderstood term “KM” as I’ve come across. Thanks!

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