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Effective Knowledge Management for Law Firms

by Matthew Parsons

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This is a very helpful book that describes what knowledge management is (and what it is not), as well as how to effectively create KM in a law firm.

The first chapter starts out shaky -- it almost convinces you that KM is just a new buzzword. There's also a long chapter that seemed to suggest forming a committee to pick a later committee that would decide KM specifics.

But then we hit the "meat" of the book. One chapter tells the story of one attorney at a firm that successfully practices KM: he arrives on his first day of work and receives six binders of materials that described the firm, his job, and other little hints and tricks. Doing something like this is fleshed out in other chapters.

This is what I would call an "evangelical" book -- after you read it, you'll be convinced that there are so many better ways to be doing things, and you'll want to try out some of the author's ideas. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195169689, Hardcover)

While there is significant interest in knowledge management as it applies to legal environments, there are very few books specifically focused on this topic. In Effective Knowledge Management For Law Firms, Matthew Parsons expertly fills this gap by drawing on his work with a leading commercial law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He examines how law firms can implement a knowledge strategy to support their business strategy, rather than getting beguiled by fads and technology. Parsons first outlines the terrain, including what knowledge management means, the business and economics of law firms, and how lawyers work as knowledge workers. He then introduces a methodology for creating and implementing law firm knowledge strategy, which combines for the first time the interrelated aspects of recruiting, training, research, document production, information management, and digital knowledge strategy. Parsons goes beyond theories to provide detailed, practical help for the analysis, implementation, and measurement of performance-increasing initiatives. This book will be an invaluable resource for all those involved with the management and leadership of law firms and knowledge management initiatives.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:44 -0400)

While there is significant interest in knowledge management as it applies to legal environments, there are very few books specifically focused on this topic. In Effective Knowledge Management for Law Firms, Matthew Parsons expertly fills this gap by drawing on his work with a leading commercial law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He examines how law firms can implement a knowledge strategy to support their business strategy, rather than getting beguiled by fad and technology. Parsons first outlines the terrain, including what knowledge management means, the business and economics of law firms, and how lawyers work as knowledge workers. Then he introduces a methodology for creating and implementing law firm knowledge strategy, which brings together for the first time the interrelated aspects of recruiting, training, research, document production, information management and digital knowledge strategy. Parsons goes beyond theories to provide detailed, practical help for the analysis, implementation, and measurement of performance-increasing initiatives.; This book will be an invaluable resource for all those involved with the management and leadership of law firms and knowledge management initiatives.… (more)

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