by Patrick Lambe
Patrick Lambe is a two-term President of the Information and Knowledge Management Society (www.ikms.org) and founder and Principal Consultant of Straits Knowledge (www.straitsknowledge.com), a KM consulting and research firm based in Singapore. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Knowledge Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Patrick was educated at the University of Oxford and holds Master’s degrees from both Oxford and London. He gained his Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of London in 1985 and worked as a professional librarian in special and academic libraries in the UK until 1991.
He moved to a second career in training and development when he moved to Singapore in 1991, and has worked as a trainer, as a general manager of a training company, and as an e-learning entrepreneur. He began to be active in knowledge management in 1998 while working with the British Council in their own internal KM initiatives, and also working with the Singapore government on a new knowledge-worker skills training course for the Singapore workforce. He founded Straits Knowledge in 2002 with his business partner Edgar Tan.
Patrick is a prolific writer, international keynote speaker and teacher in knowledge management, and an active member of several professional communities, including iKMS, actKM Forum and the Taxonomy Community of Practice. He has published two books: The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy (Singapore: Times, 2002) and Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness (Oxford: Chandos, 2007). In 2008 he published "KM Method Cards" a deck of 80 guide cards covering a wide range of approaches, methods and tools that are useful in implementing knowledge management. His weblog is at www.greenchameleon.com.
Patrick's expertise covers a full range of KM strategy, planning and implementation support, from senior level engagement, knowledge audits, knowledge culture audits, social network analysis, KM roadmap planning and maturity assessment, KM evaluation and metrics, pilot projects, expertise transfer programmes, communities of practice, and knowledge-enabled project management.