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We’re back!!!

Sorry for the silence but we’ve been busy working on the programme for KMUK 2011 and what a programme it is!

This year the theme of the event is all about KM as supporting effective business decisions and we’re delighted to have award-winning Dave Snowden giving the opening keynote along this theme, and award-winning Nick Davies, explaining the personal, influencing skills that KM Heads need to develop in order to secure a more strategic role in their businesses (preferably on the Board!). Dave and Nick’s talks will be well complemented by an address from Nick Milton of Knoco on KM as a logical outcome of business strategy.

But it doesn’t end there! Staying on the KM for business decision-making and financial benefits theme, confectionery giant Mars will give a case-study on how they have measured a $1 billion bottom line value to their business from their KM approach. And there will be further case studies on KM, business strategy and the delivery of results  from Sellafield Ltd, Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust, Novartis, Syngenta and Thomson Reuters.

Another big theme for 2011 will be methods for effective organisational learning  and, to this end, Chris Collison (co-author of Learning To Fly) will present some stories from his forthcoming book featuring the Olympic Games  London 2012, Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Ferrari Formula One Team, the Red Arrows and University College London Hospital.  We’ll also have Ditte Kolbaek flying in from Denmark, in advance of the publication of her new book, to give  a case-study on using after action reviews. This will be followed by an after action review of KMUK 2011 itself, led by Ron Donaldson and designed to enhance participants’ learning.

The KMUK 2011 awards are back by popular demand and, this year, a highlight for delegates will be the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine, some nibbles and a great conversation, after the prestigious awards ceremony, during one of David Gurteen’s  ever popular interactive knowledge cafes.  This one has been built into the programme, will last 70 minutes and is focused on why knowledge management has not lived up to expectations over the past 15 years and what do we need to do to change this over the next 15 years… This is just one of the ways in which we are seeking to maximise the opportunity for participants to make new social and business connections at KMUK 2011.

For details of all this and many more exciting new speakers and topics and to register for your place, please see the full programme on our event website at www.km-uk.com. You can get 20% off the price if you book early, by 8th April, or 10% if you have booked by 20th May.

KMUK2011 is a Twitter friendly conference and we are using the hashtag #kmuk11 this year. You can follow us at @ArkKMUK  www.twitter.com/arkkmuk

And, don’t forget, if you’d like to submit an entry to the KMUK 2011 Awards, please email me (Leah Darbyshire) on ldarbyshire@ark-group.com to receive guidance on the entry criteria in good time to make the entry deadline of Friday 13th May 2011.

That’s all for now. We’ll be back with more news and updates. In the meantime, we hope to welcome you in person to KMUK2011 at  De Vere Canary Wharf on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June!


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