About the award
Annually since 2009, the international Knowledge Management Award is bestowed upon an international organization as well as an outstanding personality. A jury constituted under the auspice of the Association Knowledge Management Austria nominates the candidates.
The prize is given in recognition of the winner’s outstanding accomplishments in research, implementation and innovation of successful management methods for knowledge politics and knowledge management. It is also meant to recognize the impact made on the development of a knowledge society in general and more specifically on knowledge creation, transformation, distribution and application.
Research, implementation and innovation of successful management methods for knowledge politics and knowledge management
Impact made on the development of a knowledge society: knowledge creation, transformation, distribution and application
Columns of Knowledge
The physical instantiation of the Knowledge Management Award
The metallic sculpture created by the Austrian artist Prof. Helmut Margreiter, named the Columns of Knowledge. The object depicts the dialogue between established and well-proven knowledge, represented by a glossy, cylindrical pillar, and the innovative pursuit of the unknown, the undefined and fragile, represented by a rough counterpart in a triangular shape. In this respect, knowledge is understood as an intangible, fluid condition between these two worlds where the appreciation of the well-known is combined with a yearning for novelty. The KM Award sculpture was presented for the first time in public in its tall version at the UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity on 21 May 2008.