Information Management Body of Knowledge

The Information Management Body of Knowledge (IMBOK) is a management framework That Organizes the concept of Information Management in the full context of business and organizational strategy, management and operations. It is specifically intended to provide researchers and practicing managers with a tool that makes clear the conjunction of the worlds of information and the world at large.

The IMBOK framework

The IMBOK included six ‘knowledge’ areas and four ‘process’ areas. The knowledge areas are as distinct from each other, as shown in the figure. The process areas identify the right activities. For example:

  • Projects transform information technology into information systems by engineering technology components into systems That deliver the required functionality
  • Business change management deploys information systems in business processes so as to Improve the performance and capability Of Those business processes
  • Business operations deliver the business benefits expected by stakeholders
  • Performance management is an essential part of the organization’s strategy.


The IMBOK was a major deliverable out of a research project at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York . It has been adopted as a standard information and management system in South Africa, Europe, North America and elsewhere. A monograph describing the IMBOK was made available on the World Wide Web in 2004, “Investing in Information” . [1]


The Community web site is under re-construction and the URL IMBOK.ORG has lapsed. More information about this hotel

See also

  • Information management
  • Records management


  1. Jump up^ Bytheway, A., 2015.Investing in Information: the Information Management Body of Knowledge, Geneva: Springer

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