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Knowledge Management @ Kent State University
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Knowledge Management @ Kent State University
The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together thought leaders and stakeholders from the business community, technology sector, academia and the broader workforce to define a vision and blueprint for growing Kent State University's new Knowledge Sciences Center.

The Symposium Design and Speakers

 Two keynote speakers will launch the Symposium. Joe Zakoski, Chief Technology Officer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber LLC, and Mills Davis, founder and managing director of Project 10X, will set the stage by discussing challenges and opportunities. The keynote presentations are followed by panel presentations and open discussion of issues relevant to business, the workforce, academia, and technology. The panel presentations will address these and other questions:
  • What are the key knowledge challenges and opportunities facing organizations today?
  • What kinds of engagements and partnerships will help organizations mitigate these challenges?
  • What learning and teaching activities will help organizations move into the 21st-century knowledge economy? How should these activities be designed and delivered to suit business needs?
  • How can the Center act as an advocate for stakeholders in advancing knowledge sciences and technologies?
  • How should the Center engage with thought leaders and experts around the world to provide strong advice and consultation to business problems?
  • What role should the Center take in creating an environment for low-cost, low-risk, collaborative research and development? Should the Center play a role in convening and promoting research agendas for the field?
On the second day, delegates will break into working groups to formulate recommendations for the Center's design and development. The working groups will advise on the Center's:
  • services and activities
  • governance structure funding model
  • engagement model
  • staffing
  • intellectual property considerations
Kent State University will adopt the collective advice and guidance from the Knowledge Sciences Symposium delegates. The outcomes of the Symposium will provide inputs to the charter, strategic planning and development of the Knowledge Sciences Center.


Day 1
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:30 -- 8:30 a.m. 
Conference Welcome and Perspective 8 -- 9 a.m.
  • Welcome to Canton -- William J. Healey II, Mayor, Canton, Ohio
  • Knowledge Sciences and Knowledge Society -- Dr. Stanley Wearden, Dean, College of Communication and Information, Kent State University
Keynote Presentations 9 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Knowledge Organizations in a Knowledge Economy -- Joe Zakoski, Chief Technology Officer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Knowledge Future and the Semantic Roadmap -- Mills Davis, CEO, Project 10X
Morning Break and Networking 10:30 -- 11 a.m.
Stakeholder Leaders Panel 11 a.m. -- noon

In breakout sessions, four panels of industry experts will discuss how the issues raised by the keynote speakers and through the community discussions pertain to their stakeholders: business, academia, the workforce and knowledge technology industry.

Networking Lunch noon -- 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Presentation and Panel Discussions 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m.
  • Proposal for a Knowledge Sciences as a Center of Excellence from Edward O'Neal, manager of learning transfer for Shell Exploration and Production Company.
  • Vision for a Knowledge Sciences Center from Dr. Denise A. D. Bedford, Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University
  • Panel 1: Meeting the needs of the business community. Featuring ___
  • Panel 2: Meeting the needs of the workforce. Featuring ____
Afternoon Break 3:30 -- 4 p.m.
Panel Discussions Continued 4 -- 5:30 p.m.
  • Panel 3: Meeting the needs of academia. Featuring ___
  • Panel 4: Meeting the needs of the technology community. Featuring ___
Day 1 Wrap-up 5:30 -- 6 p.m.
Networking Reception 6 -- 7 p.m.
Opening Networking Dinners 7 p.m.
Day 2

Day 2
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:30 -- 8:30 a.m.
Day 1 Summary 8:30 -- 9 a.m.
Working Group Instructions 9 - 9:30 a.m.
Working Group Break out  Sessions 9:30 a.m. -- noon
with morning break and networking from 10:30 - 11 a.m. 

Working groups will assemble in break out rooms to develop a vision and design for the Knowledge Sciences Institute, which addresses the challenges and opportunities they heard in Day 1 as well as in the open dialog leading up to the Knowledge Sciences Symposium. This vision will include goals, expected outputs and outcomes for the first three years and basic elements of a working charter. Design will include governance, engagement, collaboration and support models.

Networking Lunch: noon -- 1:30 p.m.
Afternoon Discussions and Presentations 1:30 -- 4 p.m.
with afternoon break and networking from 3:30 -- 4 p.m.

Afternoon sessions will be devoted to harmonizing the recommendations of the four Working Groups. As each of the four Working Groups breaks for lunch, the will forward the results of their work to a conference support team that will organize the materials for discussion in the afternoon sessions. Each Working Group will present its vision and model. Each Working Group will have 30 minutes to give its presentation.

Creating the Vision -- Facilitator-led Open Discussion 4 -- 5 p.m.
Adjourn 5 p.m.