interest groups and knowledge groups

Interest groups are social groups of people who share common interests such as hobbies or discussions. These groups may be informal or formal (by forming a club with a constitution).

Interest groups often share their knowledge because of the psychosociological sense of belonging to that group.

Knowledge Management is an activity to put in place mechanisms that enable workers to form interest groups so that they may share their knowledge with co-workers.

But Knowledge Management is much more. A KM program should actively promote sharing of knowledge and provide workers with the tools to do just that. When this is properly managed, in theory knowledge groups should be much more effective than a typical interest group.