30 Quotes on Knowledge Management relevant to Translational Research

30 Quotes on Knowledge Management relevant to Translational Research

Below are quotes about knowledge management relevant to translational research. Some are directly relevant others more indirect. Comment on the quotes and add your own.

1. “It is the responsibility of those of us involved in today’s biomedical research enterprise to translate the remarkable scientific innovations we are witnessing into health gains for the nation . . . At no other time has the need for a robust, bidirectional information flow between basic and translational scientists been so necessary.

-       Elias Zerhouni

2. “Knowledge Management is expensive – but so is stupidity!”

–Thomas Davenport

3. “..the ideal knowledge management system for a biotechnology company needs to combine the properties of a black hole with those of a small sun: it draws information and knowledge toward it but then re-emits it in appropriate beneficent doses in a variety of directions.”

-       John Hodgson

4. “Now that knowledge is taking the place of capital as the driving force in organizations worldwide, it is all too easy to confuse data with knowledge and information technology with information.”

–      Peter F. Drucker

5. “We need to make knowledge accidents happen on purpose, regularly and, most importantly, with intent.”

–Al Zollar, GovTech conference, June, 2002

6. “Knowledge management is something many companies are sure they need, if only they knew what it was.”

–Mary Lisbeth D’Amico

7. “Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant–and perhaps even the only–source of competitive advantage.”

–Peter Drucker

8. “Knowledge management is not a shrink-wrapped thing in a box, it’s a discipline.”

–Scott Elliot, Lotus Knowledge Management

9. “Too often, people think of knowledge management as a noun. They’re mistaken: KM is a verb, a way of getting work done.”

–Jeff Angus, KM Magazine

10. “Knowledge is the new capital, but it’s worthless unless it’s accessible, communicated, and enhanced.”

—Hamilton Beazley, Strategic Leadership Group

11. “Data becomes information when it’s organized; information becomes knowledge when it is placed in actionable context. Without context, there is little value.”

–Kent Greenes, CKO, SAIC Consulting

12. “An investment in knowledge pays the best return”

–Benjamin Franklin

13. “Defragmenting data silos is key for accelerating research.”

- Joerg Kurt Wegner

14. “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”

–Kahlil Gibran

15. “KM is the art of creating value from intangible assets.”

–Karl-Eric Sveiby (“value” being both financial and non-financial)

16. “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
― Issac Asimov

17. “In the digital age, knowledge is our lifeblood. And documents are the DNA of knowledge.”

-–Rick Thoman, CEO, Xerox

18. “In the world of knowledgeable management, Data is ubiquitous, Information is contextuous, Knowledge is illustrious, Technogy is superfluous ”

–David G. Jones

19. “Knowledge for its own sake was meaningless, its mere accumulation a waste of time. Knowledge must lead to understanding.”

–M I Finley, Introduction to Thucydides ‘History of the Peloponnesian War’

20. translational research relegates basic science to a back burner…individual curiosity-driven science has been replaced by large consortia dedicated to the proposition that gathering vast amounts of correlative data will somehow provide an answer to life’s fundamental questions”

- Nobel Laureates Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown

21. “Alchemists turned into chemists when they stopped keeping secrets.”

- Eric Raymond, programmer and open-source software advocate

22. “Connection, not collection: That’s the essence of knowledge management.”

–Tom Stewart, The Wealth of Knowledge

23. “When you think about it, caring for patients is 99 percent information and 1 percent intervention, so it’s clear that with or without genomics, the paradigm is shifting. Bioinformatics brings a cutting edge capacity to healthcare.”

- Christopher Chute

24. “If you think you can just go out and ask all the doctors in the world about what the did to all the patients and you think we can connect that into something useful, go talk to someone who has done that because we can’t.”

– Jamie Heywood

25. “Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.”

–Buddha

26. “Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.”

–Arthur Schopenhauer

27. “Science is organized knowledge.”

–Herbert Spencer

28. “The stages of translational research work in two directions—to continuously develop and reevaluate an intervention across diverse settings and populations, and to proactively integrate data from real-world settings into the inception, design, and development of new basic and applied research studies….The feedback loops inherent in the translational research process allow research to inform practice and practice to inform research….”

– Patricia Grady (2010)

29. ” Some people drink deeply from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.”

- Bright, Grant M

30. “Knowledge is a sacred cow, and my problem will be how we can milk her while keeping clear of her horns.”

–Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

About Scott Wagers


CEO of BioSci Consulting www.BioSciConsulting.com Physician Scientist now working to make collaborations deliver through a process of teleconference/meeting facilitation that leverages group creativity. Blogging about making the most out of collaborative research on Assembled Chaos.