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knowledge management expert and consultant

Karl Martin Wiig, American knowledge management expert and consultant. Achievements include patent in variable ratio power steering. With Norwegian Army, 1953-1954.


Wiig, Karl Martin was born on February 8, 1934 in Karasjok, Norway. Came to the United States, 1957.


Bachelor of Science, Case Institute of Technology, 1959. Master of Science, Case Institute of Technology, 1964.


Researcher Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway, 1960—1964. System engineer General Electric, Cleveland, 1964—1966. Manager system engineering Dundee Cement Company, Michigan, 1966—1970.

Chairman board Abacus Alpha, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts, 1980—1981. Manager system and policy analysis Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, 1970—1980, director artificial intelligence, 1981—1987. Partner Coopers & Lybrand, Dallas, 1987—1989.

Managing partner Wiig Group, Arlington, 1989—1995. Chairman board, Chief Executive Officer Knowledge Research Institute, Inc., since 1995. Adjunct professor Hong Kong Polytechnic University, since 2004.

Co-founder International Knowledge Management Network. Lecturer in field; consultant in field. Presenter in field.


  • Achievements include patent in variable ratio power steering.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: The Economics of Offshore Oil and Gas Supplies, 1977, Expert Systems: A Manager's Guide, 1990, Knowledge Management Foundations: Thinking About Thinking--How People and Organizations Create, Represent and Use Knowledge, 1993, Knowledge Management: The Central Management Focus for Intelligent-Acting Organizations, 1994, Knowledge Management Methods: Practical Approaches to Manage Knowledge, 1995, Approaching Knowledge Management in Practice, 1996, Leveraging Knowledge for Business Performance, 1997, People-Focused Knowledge Management, 2004. (publications) Managing Knowledge: Executive Perspectives, 1989, Knowledge-Based Systems and Issues of Integration, 1988, Management of Knowledge: A New Opportunity, 1988, Knowledge Management Goals at Different Levels of Society and the Enterprise, 1996, Knowledge Management: Where Did It Come From--and Where Will it Go?, 1997, Knowledge Management: An Introductory Perspective, 1998, What Future Knowledge Management Users May Expect, 1999, (with Elisabeth H. Wiig) On Conceptual Learning, 1999, Introducting Knowledge Management into the Enterprise, 1999, What Future Knowledge Management Users May Expect, 1999, Knowledge Management in Innovation and Research and Development, 2000, Application of Knowledge Management in Public Administration, 2000, Exploiting Knowledge for Productivity Gains, 2001, Knowledge Management: The Major Enabler of Enterprise Performance, 2002, People-Focused Knowledge Management: How effective decision making leads to corporate success, 2004. Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional publs.


With Norwegian Army, 1953-1954.


Son of Alf Kristian and Margarethe (Soylann) W. Elisabeth Hemmersam Nielsen, June 10, 1958. Children: Charlotte Elisabeth, Erik Daniel (deceased).

Alf Kristian Wiig

Margarethe (Soylann) Wiig

Charlotte Elisabeth Wiig

Erik Daniel Wiig (deceased)