If You Build It, Will They Come? United Nations Knowledge Sharing Platform



A project-to-project – people-to-people – knowledge sharing platform

By Lawrence Suda

New York, USA


Introduction and Background

Great challenges lay ahead for the world as a whole and especially for organizations with global brands. Large-scale organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have vast knowledge networks and dispersed experienced staff, consultants and advisors, who are in an exceptional position to take further advantage of current capabilities and capacity. Assisting clients and the supply chain in responding to current challenges, contributing to the achievement of the strategic goals and further fostering human capital is critical to the success of all global organizations.

Given the degree of the complexities the UNDP faced in the past (as well as today), it was realized that the UNDP had to be better prepared to respond and adapt to changes more quickly. The organization suffered from a “cognitive surplus” of experience, talent and knowledge which often went unleveraged or unrecognized. The strategy was developed to correct this situation involving the capture of organizational challenges, successes and achievements and present a new way forward to share and utilize this vast global expertise. The way forward involved collecting, contextualizing and distributing the enormous amount of knowledge available in order to position the UNDP as a “knowledge organization” in the true sense of the word.   The vision was to produce a realistic, brighter ‘light at the end of the tunnel knowledge sharing system’ for developing country markets by putting forth the best the UNDP organization had to offer, more effectively and in a shorter time frame.

The UNDP’s knowledge sharing strategy evolved to recognize that each and every staff member as key users and contributors. The corporate sponsor of this strategy was the UNDP’s Knowledge Management Group (KMG). KMG charter was put in charge of managing the new system and enhancing the existing communities of practice and user groups.


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Editor’s note: Second Editions are previously published papers that have continued relevance in today’s project management world, or which were originally published in conference proceedings or in a language other than English. Original publication acknowledged; authors retain copyright. This paper was originally presented at the PMI Global Congress North America 2014 conference in Phoenix, AZ, USA and included in the conference proceedings. It is republished here with the author’s permission.



About the Author

Lawrence V. Suda

Palatine Group / Management Worlds
New York, USA



Lawrence Suda
is the CEO and an Officer at Palatine group/Management Worlds, Inc. with over 30 years project and program management consulting and training experience to numerous government and private sector companies. The Palatine Group/Management Worlds specializes in creating computer-based simulations for project management and leadership training. Larry’s career emphasis is on organization behavior, project management, operations management, strategic management and enterprise-wide project management for leading companies and government agencies throughout the world, including: NASA, US Navy, Departments of Commerce, Treasury, Energy, Health & Human Services , Agriculture, DAU and others and in the private sector to such companies as General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, ALCOA, URS, Verizon, Boeing, Lockheed/Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Perot Systems, PPG Industries, United States Steel and others.

Before founding Palatine Group/Management Worlds, Larry worked in the private and public sectors at the US Environmental Protection Agency and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. Mr. Suda is a frequent speaker at PMI and IPMA Conferences in the United States and Europe and has led workshops for PMI’s Seminars World in various locations around the World. He is an adjunct professor at Drexel University teaching Global Project Leadership.

He can be contacted at [email protected].