The Role of Knowledge Management in Business Sustainability

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Jun 22, 2011 1:15 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Was knowledge management the hot topic of yesterday?  Is business sustainability now the hot topic of today?  Are they different, or is ‘sustainability’ an expansion of the Knowledge Management (KM) concept?   The American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) describes knowledge management as a mindset that extends beyond the flow of traditional business process.  It focuses on the dissemination of information, engagement of key resources, and ultimately the adoption rate of best practices across the entire value chain.    As a sustainability consultants, we believe Knowledge Management and sustainability concepts to be intricately aligned.  In fact, we find KM to be a critical aspect of business sustainability.    The ability to define, implement and manage future business opportunities depends largely on the availability and quality of information.  Explored in the article, Knowledge Management—Emerging Perspectives, KM provides a defined vehicle to access and assess critical business information:    •    Mission: What are we trying to accomplish? •    Competition: How do we gain a competitive edge?    Click here to continue reading.   

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".