Definition - What does Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) mean?
A chief knowledge officer (CKO) is a corporate title for a professional within an organization who oversees its knowledge management. Not all businesses have CKO roles, but many larger companies have carved out this position in order to benefit from a more proactive use of data and other knowledge resources, which can be used to gain competitive advantage and improve overall organizational performance.
A CKO is not another term for a chief information officer (CIO), or chief technology officer (CTO). Where a CIO/CTO is responsible for information or technology systems, a CKO is responsible for the organizations knowledge management.
There are different definitions for the term knowledge management, but at its core, KM is about improving performance at the individual, team, and organization level through an improved ability to capture, adapt, transfer, and reuse what you know about what you do. (This definition of KM is attributed to Bill Kaplan, a noted industry expert and author of Losing Your Minds: apturing, Retaining and Leveraging Organizational Knowledge).