Patrick Lambe
Straits Knowledge



Patrick Lambe is a world renowned knowledge management expert, consultant, author, facilitator and keynote speaker. His specializations are facilitation skills for building common ground and knowledge sharing, decision-making in complexity, building knowledge strategies, knowledge organization and the management of expertise. He regularly works with senior leadership teams in these areas, and has deep experience in the government and non profit sectors.

Patrick is founder and Principal Consultant of KM consulting and research firm Straits Knowledge (, based in Singapore. He has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Technological University Singapore, is currently an Adjunct Professor in Knowledge Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and has taught on MBA programmes with Henley Management College and the Sampoerna School of Business Management in Jakarta. He is founder of the Knowledge Management Excellence Awards and two term past-President of the Information and Knowledge Management Society ( He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the top-ranked Journal of Knowledge Management and the KM4Dev Journal and is a reviewer for the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management.

Patrick was educated at the University of Oxford and holds Master’s degrees from both Oxford and London. He gained his Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of London in 1985 and worked as a professional librarian in special and academic libraries in the UK until 1991.

He moved to a second career in teaching and then training and development when he moved to Singapore in 1991, and has worked as a trainer and facilitator, as Director of Studies, as general manager of a training company, and as an e-learning entrepreneur. He began to be active in knowledge management in 1998 while working with the British Council in their own internal KM initiatives, and also working with the Singapore government on a new knowledge-worker skills training course for the Singapore workforce. He founded Straits Knowledge in 2002 with his business partner Edgar Tan.

Patrick is a prolific writer, international keynote speaker and teacher in knowledge management, and an active member of several professional communities, including iKMS, actKM Forum and the Taxonomy Community of Practice. He has published two major books: The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy (Singapore: Times, 2002); Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness (Oxford: Chandos, 2007).

Through Straits Knowledge’s own publications programme he has co-authored with Edgar Tan several practical group-based tools for facilitating knowledge management and innovation: KM Diagnostic Cards, KM Method Cards, KM Approaches Methods and Tools – A Guidebook and Organisation Culture Cards, and KM Planning Canvas.

With Awie Foong he co-authored Knowledge Management Competencies: A Framework for Knowledge Managers (Singapore: iKMS, 2008). His weblog is at

His facilitation work with senior officers and government-related agencies has included:

  • Working with the senior leadership team of the Department of Transport, Dubai on how to approach a knowledge strategy
  • Developing a knowledge strategy and vision with the senior management teams of The Health Promotion Board, Singapore; Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore; Ministry of Manpower, Singapore; Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore; National Library Board, Singapore
  • Facilitating knowledge champion workshops with the Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah, Bank Negara Malaysia, and the National Library Board Singapore
  • Training members of the Prime Minister’s Office Singapore in knowledge sharing and facilitation skills for the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning programme of the Singapore Government
  • Facilitating a Knowledge Management Roadmap workshop for the senior leadership of Bank Negara Malaysia
  • Facilitating a conflict resolution workshop and follow up process for a government-linked organization in Cyprus




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