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Some private equity professionals view knowledge management as a purely administrative activity. But as Boston Consulting Group consultants Markus Massi and Pratik Shah highlight in this informative overview, the development of extensive data availability, sophisticated analytical methodologies and potent computing power allows back-office knowledge management to assist in front-office deal making. This concise report lays out the potential gains to private equity firms that invest in agile knowledge management systems.

About the Authors

Markus Massi and Pratik Shah are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group. 



Knowledge management can deliver superior investment returns.

In essence, a knowledge management system connects all parts of an organization to allow information sharing. But it is not a static repository of data; “it is a dynamic ecosystem” wherein participants interact and coordinate. The function of sharing understanding and ideas among relevant groups within a company produces a “knowledge advantage” of increased productivity and investment returns.

Information, knowledge and expertise – whether internally or externally sourced – can improve a private equity (PE) firm’s performance by eliminating ...

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