Tim Bridges is a skilled business practitioner with 30 years of experience spanning product development, support functions, and organizational strategy. Bridges has led multi-discipline employee-focused initiatives to better apply knowledge to business, gaining him internal and external awards. As Boeing's director of knowledge management, he drove business gains from knowledge sharing and retention across the global enterprise. Since leaving Boeing, he has created business focused solutions in his consulting on knowledge management, intellectual property, supply chain issues, product development, and offshoring.
Tim Bridges served as Boeing's director of Knowledge Management for over nine years where he established the company's strategy and approach for achieving two KM business objectives: enhancing business success by leveraging knowledge across the enterprise, and preserving key knowledge as programs sunset, organizations relocate, and employees retire. He designed and fielded a business-relevant global KM system through partnerships forged with business units and company-wide support functions such as Engineering, Intellectual Property Management, IT, HR, and Finance. These multi-stakeholder partnerships accelerated deployment and helped weave KM into the fabric of this $96B, 145,000-employee, global company. He established a corporate level KM risk and mitigation plan, executed the plan, improved metrics, and lowered the company's risk.
After leaving Boeing, Bridges has consulted for US and Asia based clients in oil and gas, IT, industrial manufacturing, and product development on varied topics: Company-wide KM strategy and business case, offshoring, engineering best practices, Intellectual Property, and tier II supplier business relations and risk sharing with prime contractors.
Bridges leverages 30 years of systems engineering and architecting experience in aircraft, launch vehicles, satellites, manned space systems, and corporate functions to fashion business focused solutions to knowledge sharing, collaboration, and retention. He emphasizes use of existing company organizational structures and capabilities to achieve business results. Bridges has led projects in organizational development, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property protection, strategic alliances, productivity improvement, engineering quality, and knowledge management. Bridges' business focused KM approach has been benchmarked by six major US organizations and two international entities.
Bridges delivered a keynote speech at the Human Capital Institute's 2012 Employee Engagement Conference, spoke on KM strategy and implementation at The World Bank's global webcast in 2017, and at Merck Pharmaceuticals and Columbia University in 2018. He has written for the Project Management Institute and Harvard Business Review. Awards received include Engineer of the Year from Boeing North American's GI&CS division, Appreciation Award from Boeing Defense President J. Albaugh, Team Excellence Award from the USAF, and numerous commendations from VP's and Senior VPs.
Bridges holds three patents and has published two technical papers. He has three new patents pending. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Architecture and Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He held a DOD Top Secret security clearance with SSBI/SCI Polygraph (1999 to 2015). Bridges volunteers for Hire Heroes USA (an organization that helps veterans) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He enjoys consulting and innovating.