Current knowledge for technical communicators

Knowledge has never been more valuable as it is today. Which expertise is essential for technical communicators and how can they obtain it? The profiling tool for the tekom Competence Framework provides guidance.

Text by Daniela Straub


Current knowledge for technical communicators

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Knowledge and competence as an economic factor

There has been a lot of talk about a knowledge-based society. Options for information and communication as well as services involving information are booming. Meanwhile, knowledge has acquired the same significance as the classic production factors and is even referred to as the “new” fourth production factor. In business, the benefits and profits of systematic knowledge management for a company are discussed quite a bit – even if active knowledge management is rarely found in practice.

In fact, the half-life of knowledge is decreasing continuously. For example:

  • Operational expertise has a half-life of approx. 4 years.
  • IT expertise has a half-life of approx. 1.5 years.
  • In 2010, twice as much content was created than in all previous years combined.
  • According to the Harvard Business Review, knowledge increases exponentially; its ...