JoAnn Girard is the co-founder and managing partner of Sagology, a firm that focuses on connecting people with people to collaborate and share knowledge. She has worked on a variety of knowledge intensive research projects, which considered issues such as information anxiety, enterprise dementia, and organizational memories.
JoAnn has published three books: A Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance (Business Expert Press, 2009), Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What You Know (IGI Global, 2011) and Business Goes Virtual: Realizing the Value of Collaboration, Social and Virtual Strategies (Business Expert Press, 2011). She was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Building organizational memories: Will you know what you knew? an edited volume published by IGI Global in 2009. At present, JoAnn is exploring social media with a view to determining what organizational leaders need to know in this emerging domain.
Prior to forming Sagology, JoAnn was co-founder of two successful technology companies. Yacht-club.net developed and hosted web presences for yachting companies in the USA, England, Scotland, Spain, Gibraltar, and Greece. Quid Pro Quo Software developed educational and edutainment software, including their flagship game Trivia Mania. Before entering the high-tech arena JoAnn worked in the travel industry and as a school librarian. The experience she gained in these information intensive positions proved especially valuable as she considers the knowledge challenges confronting executives today.
JoAnn dedicates most of her spare time to animals. She is a board member of her local zoological society and volunteers as an interpretive speaker at the zoo.