Knowledge Management Maturity Model

From our experience with consulting firms, we have distilled 4 distinct levels of knowledge management maturity. These levels clearly show how a company is dealing with the challenges, the arising pain points, and the benefits that are enjoyed with a successful approach.

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What is Knowledge Management?

We will explain in detail what the term knowledge management refers to and how it should be organized or structured within a company. It entails the structuring of all knowledge related to projects, proposals and people. This spans the creation and sharing of files such as reports  and presentations, as well as the organization and retrieval of information like statistics or research.

Knowledge management touches almost every aspect of a working day. It’s the key to making the most of the hard work that goes on in a company, using talent and avoiding wasted time. With an efficient system, everyone can quickly lay their hands on useful knowledge and there is no need to duplicate efforts and reinvent the wheel.

At the core, knowledge-centered companies rely on their people and their collective and historical output. The way this is stored, aggregated and shared has a major impact on processes, productivity, success rates, efficiency and continuity.

Reasons enough for a good knowledge management strategy, no?

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Maturity Model Parameters

For organizations like consultants, that handle (and share) a lot of knowledge, we have learned it is possible to assess their maturity based on 3 aspects:

  1. Accessibility pertains to the openness and availability of information, technology, and resources. It also includes security considerations like measures taken to protect resources against unauthorized access.
  2. Findability tells us how easy it is to find and retrieve company resources and information that should be readily available. Additionally, we’re looking at re-usability of content, like building blocks and templates used multiple times in different contexts.
  3. Quality concerns the assurance of the availability of correct and up-to-date information. On top of this, it should be possible to  evaluate the way knowledge is used, identify existing gaps, and act on these measurements.

Getting a grip on how a company is doing within these parameters instantly tells you how efficiently and effectively they deal with the information that is flowing through their organization and its people.

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Level 1: UNAWARE

This level is typical for companies that have only been around for a couple of years and are growing steadily, or that have been growing a lot recently. At this point, it becomes extremely painful that the main knowledge management principles have been neglected.



When your company has arrived in this phase, you are aware that things had to change. You’ve sorted out the basics of your internal knowledge management and enabled your teams to collaborate in central places.



By now, your company has learned a great deal about knowledge management. Operational structures and processes have been put in place in the previous phases. However, as the business grows, you encounter new problems in your knowledge management. Your knowledge management tools and processes don’t  seem to be able to scale at the pace the rest of the company is moving.


Level 4: CONQUER

Congratulations on reaching the pinnacle of knowledge management maturity - Stage 4. This is a major accomplishment that only a select few organizations have been able to achieve. To fully realize the benefits of your knowledge management strategy, it’s essential to establish clear control mechanisms that ensure effective and efficient collaboration between your AI assistant and human team members.


Example Consulting Firms

Not sure where you fit in? Do you want to check if your company resides in level 1 tot 4? For your convenience we have added several sample companies. By reading of there current state, solutions, pains and even future plans, you can find out quickly what level you're in. Good information that can help you reach for the next step in your companies' development.

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