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Corporate memory (CM) is the total body of data, information and knowledge required to deliver the strategic aims and objectives of an organization. A corporate memory is the combination of a repository, the space where objects and artifacts are stored, and the community, the people that interact with those objects to learn, make decisions, understand context or find colleagues.

Bull computer Company Artificial Intelligence Department defined in 1991 the concept of Corporate Knowledge. It was composed of four modules : corporate acquisition, corporate memory (repository), corporate navigation(hypertext, navigation on knowledge models) and Corporate Decision (decision support systems based on rules, natural language processing and constraint programming.



Corporate Memory can be subdivided into the following types:

Exploring CM

Key decisions when exploring CM are:

  • What knowledge representation to use (stories, patterns, cases, rules, predicate logic, etc.)
  • Who will be the users - what are their information and learning needs?
  • How to ensure security and who will be granted access
  • How to best integrate with existing sources, stores and systems
  • What to do to ensure the current content is correct, applicable, timely and weeded
  • How to motivate experts to contribute
  • What to do about ephemeral insights, how to capture informal scripts (e.g. e-mail and IM instant messenger posts).

Alternative and related terms are: organizational memory, group memory, knowledge base, and knowledge repository.

Most commercial knowledge management efforts have included building some form of corporate memory to capture expertise, speed learning, help the organization remember, record decision rationale, document achievements or learn from past failures.

See also


  • Brooking, A., 1999. Corporate Memory. Strategies for knowledge management. Thompson Business Press. ISBN 1-86152-268-1
  • March, J. Exploration and Exploitation in Organizational Learning, Organization Science (2:1), 1991, pp. 71-87.

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