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The KM Meta Model (M-Model): v1.2 (19.01.12)

The KM M-Model has now been released with free access:  Click this link for open access to the KM M-Model web page – it can also be downloaded as a pdf (Note, this is v1.0) here:  The KM Meta-Model

The M-Model is presented using a concept mapping format; it sets out to examine what drives KM, the way in which those drivers impact an organisation and, from there, the constructs that a well designed KM function will need to consider

This tool has been designed by K3-Cubed and Perigean Technologies and is offered free of charge – the M-Model represents over 1,000 hours of research and design time, with much of the underpinning research published by the authors in academic and professional journals – to say nothing of the number of organisations, across sectors and geographic locations, that have contributed through their engagement with us.

The M-Model does not set out to provide a definitive solution for practice, the field is far too complex for that, and it will continue to evolve as part of an ongoing process.

We hope that the model stimulates your thinking and, maybe, changes your perception of what KM is actually about.

Please, get in touch and let us know what you think:

David Griffiths:

Brian Moon:

or just leave some feedback on this page.

12 comments on “The KM Meta Model (M-Model): v1.2 (19.01.12)

  1. Nikolay Kryachkov
    January 1, 2012

    The problem of the model is that it is the part of system approach and complexity science. I think ‘knowledge’ is more general concept. If otherwise you can not explain knowledge of other cultures which do not use systems and are based on simplicity.

    Human language gives at least two opportunities – a) complicated grammar form to represent knowledge; b) other forms to represent knowledge.

    If you are speaking about META model, (a) and (b) should be inside it, including related management and therefore KM.

    • David Griffiths
      January 3, 2012

      Hi Nikolay…without getting too far into the philosophy: If you subscribe to Model-Dependent Realism then, regardless of the construction of discourse, we, the person human, always attempt to design models as a representation of our reality – it is also linked to the way in which the human brain processes information and can be linked to philosophy through discussion on Homo Faber.

      Also, you are correct, this is a systems based approach; one that is governed by complexity. I appreciate where you are coming from, but the M-Model has been designed as a representation of organisational engagement with the environment; organisations exist as Complex Adaptive Systems, and people within them (individual-organisation-processes that bind), so what better way to represent the phenomenon than through systems thinking?

      I enjoy your opinions and appreciate your view of the world…we’re trying to demonstrate the potential for the operationalisation of the phenomenon in an organisational domain and I think that is where the divergence in our approach stems from.

  2. Dr. Michael Sutton
    January 3, 2012

    Looks like a fascinating and impressive Knowledge Model. I would like to get a closer look at the model. On first glance, when printing to Tabloid size paper, my trifocals could not read the information. Please suggest target paper size or segmented approach for hard copy, since it would look great on my bulletin board and get some of my MBA learners interested in my Spring 2012 KM class. If I get the printing to work, I would like to provide my KM learners with access, of course with attribution to you.

    • David Griffiths
      January 3, 2012

      Hi Michael – Brian Moon, our resident C-map expert, said that the best choice would be poster size…or printing each level.

      Thanks for the feedback and I hope that helps…

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  4. pbernardon
    January 7, 2012

    Hi David and Brian,
    Very impressive and good job, many thanks for sharing with us. Do you save it on Cmaps servers ? I always use this technology.

    Nice to exchange with about KM

    my KM blog
    my profile

    Best regards

    Have a nice week-end


    • Brian Moon
      January 8, 2012

      Hi Pascal,

      Thank you for the comments. Yes, the M-Model is saved on a virtually hosted CmapServer.


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  8. Mark
    August 13, 2012

    Very nice application of concept mapping. I’ve long been surprised cmaps aren’t used more widely to help facilitate discussion and understanding of KM.

    • David Griffiths
      August 13, 2012

      Thanks, Mark – have to be honest, this was down to the expert guidance of Brian Moon at Perigean Technologies.

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