“People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be. If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.” ― Idries Shah,
Personal knowledge management involves having a set of knowledge, skills and abilities that allow individuals to survive and prosper through rough, complex and changing organisational and social environments. personal knowledge management is focused on helping an individual to be more effective, the goal is to help individuals operate better in groups and also in organisations. Personal knowledge management is a response to the fact that knowledge workers increasingly and continuously need to be responsible for their own growth and learning at all times. In order to do this they need to be equipped by having processes and tools that they are able to use to evaluate what they know in any given situation and then be able to seek out ways to fill the gaps when required to. Personal knowledge management is centered on allowing the corporation to be more effective by recording and making available what its people know already.
Personal knowledge management is mainly concerned with how people become knowledge workers and especially how they are able to maintain their currency as knowledge workers. According Davenport and Prusak working knowledge is a fluid mix of framed values, experiences, contextual information and expert insight that provide a framework to help the process of evaluating and incorporating new experience and information. The focus of working knowledge has to be on the need for constantly renewing knowledge for environments that constantly changing.