Announcing our Keynote Speakers for KA Connect 2017


KA Connect 2017, will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 2nd and 3rd.

We are happy to announce Larry Prusak and Dorothy Leonard as our keynote speakers. They are wonderful speakers, experts in their fields, and each will lend a valuable industry outsider’s perspective to our AEC knowledge management community. We’re certainly looking forward to their talks.

If you are passionate about helping your AEC firm find, share, and manage knowledge more effectively, this is the conference for you.

We hope you’ll join us.

How We Got to the Knowledge Age and What Should We Do Now That We Are There?


Larry Prusak

Laurence (Larry) Prusak is a researcher and consultant who has been studying knowledge in its varied forms and settings for the past 25 years. He was a founder of the Ernst and Young Center for Business Innovation, the founder and director of the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management, and has been a senior advisor on knowledge and learning issues with McKinsey and Co., the World Bank, and NASA.

Larry has co-authored or edited 12 books on these subjects including Working Knowledge, which was translated into 17 languages and sold over one third of a million copies. He has written over 50 articles and given over 250 talks as well as having taught in 32 Universities around the world.

His talk will cover the history of the world from a knowledge perspective and is divided into three parts — the Agrarian, Industrial, and Knowledge Ages. We will discuss what we can learn about the Knowledge Age from the Agrarian and Industrial Ages as well as the long term issues facing the economy and society in this strange new world.

Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts


Dorothy Leonard

Dr. Dorothy Leonard was a professor for 20 years at the Harvard Business School, where she taught courses on innovation, new product development, creativity and knowledge management; before that, she taught similar topics at the MIT Sloan school for several years. She has consulted for industry (e.g., IBM, 3M) and governments (e.g., the U.S., Sweden) and has written hundreds of cases, articles, and book chapters.

She has written five books about developing and diffusing knowledge, four of them published by Harvard. Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation (1995) is considered seminal in promoting the criticality of knowledge to organizations. The book When Sparks Fly (written with Walter Swap) was awarded “Best Book on Creativity” by the European Association for Creativity and Innovation. Her 2005 book Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom (co-authored with Walter Swap) explores the importance and nature of experience-based knowledge. Responding to requests for practice-based tools and techniques for transferring knowledge, she and co-authors Walter Swap and Gavin Barton published in 2015 Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts.

She is Chief Advisor to the Leonard-Barton Group, a consulting, training, and executive coaching company specializing in helping organizations develop and retain the skills, culture, capabilities, and specialized knowledge they need for continued success.

In her talk, Dr. Leonard will draw upon numerous examples and explore the nature and value of “deep smarts” — which she defines as business-critical, experience-based knowledge. Because they underlie future as well as current competitive capabilities, such smarts require conscious development and transfer across worker generations, diverse geographies, and organizational silos. Dr. Leonard will suggest specific processes to address those needs.

About KA Connect 2017

KA Connect 2017 is a knowledge management conference for the AEC industry.

Senior and emerging leaders from top AEC firms will gather to learn strategies and tactics for building highly connected practices. A wide range of experts will share their knowledge through case studies and panel discussions. Attendees will have ample time to network and collaborate with their peers in breakout groups.

KA Connect 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 2nd and 3rd, 2017.

Early Registration for KA Connect 2017 is now open

KA Connect 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 2nd and 3rd, 2017. We’ll be pulling together the program for next year’s conference over the next several months.

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