Tim Wood Powell, MBA

Tim is a thought leader and organizational catalyst in knowledge and intelligence strategy and economics. His articles, books, and Value of Knowledge blog address a range of opportunities for — and threats to — intellectual capital, brands and reputation, and other intangible enterprise assets.

My mission is to put the Knowledge back into Knowledge Management.  Knowledge professionals are too often the unsung heroes of their organizations.  Chronically under-resourced and overstretched, their value to the enterprise is far greater than generally acknowledged by senior organizational leadership. I strive to correct that by linking the fundamentals of organizational management and strategy to enterprise knowledge and other intangible assets.

A Yale-trained research psychologist-turned-MBA, Tim has worked in data analytics, new business design and development, market and competitive intelligence, and intellectual property security.  He is the developer of the Knowledge Value Chain®, a framework for increasing the ROI and value of enterprise knowledge and intelligence.

Prior to founding TKA in 1996, Tim held client-facing and management responsibilities at KPMG, Opinion Research Corporation, and PwC. Though much of his work has been with large enterprises, he has also served on the boards of start-ups in health care and technology.  Prior to entering business, he worked extensively with nonprofits and government agencies supporting children’s health and development.

Tim is a senior fellow of The Conference Board (TCB), a founding member and former chair of the Council of Competitive Intelligence Fellows (CCIF), and a fellow of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP). He has taught at the graduate level at Long Island University (competitive intelligence) and Columbia University (information and knowledge strategy).

Tim’s fifth book, The Value of Knowledge:  The Economics of Enterprise Knowledge and Intelligence is being welcomed as “unique,” “groundbreaking,” and “essential.”  Says one highly-regarded KM authority, “I don’t know of anything that covers the field so completely, economically, and elegantly.”

BA Yale College (pre-medical sciences, psychology and philosophy); MBA Yale School of Management (data analysis, finance).

Photo by Leslie Hassler.

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