K&IM in Government

Thursday 4 July 10.25

Tales from the field

What does a Knowledge Manager do?  Derek will present a series of situations that he has encountered over the past three years. The discussion that he hopes to generate will centre around whether there are knowledge management problems, information management problems, records management problems or business management problems.

Dr Derek Shaw, DES Tech Office IKM, Ministry of Defence , Defence Equipment and Support

Derek is an accomplished information and knowledge management leader with a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cranfield Defence and Security where he is now a visiting fellow. His research showed why DE&S should be considered as a tribal organisation. He has a publication record which includes NATO reports and he has an extensive background of experience within the defence sector. He possesses expertise in information and knowledge management theory and pragmatic application of theory to practice as a working KIM lead in DE&S.  He implements and facilitates lessons learned to save costs, minimise risk and improve processes.  His particular interests are in organisational learning, corporate memory, both tacit and explicit. He is recognised as an influential leader who is keen to engage staff and willing to share best practices.  He is an advocate for continuous improvement and positive change, with strategic, tactical and operational experience.

Outside work his interests are leading a ceilidh band, writing music, gardening, walking  and family life.


 Chair: Rebecca Dorsett