A body of knowledge (BOK or BoK) is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain, as defined by the relevant learned society or professional association.[1] It is a type of knowledge representation by any knowledge organization. Several definitions of BOK have been developed, for example:

A body of knowledge is the accepted ontology for a specific domain. A BOK is more than simply a collection of terms; a professional reading list; a library; a website or a collection of websites; a description of professional functions; or even a collection of information.


The following are examples of bodies of knowledge from professional organisations:

See also


  1. ^ a b Oliver, G.R. (2012). Foundations of the Assumed Business Operations and Strategy Body of Knowledge (BOSBOK): An Outline of Shareable Knowledge, p. 3.
  2. ^ Ören, Tuncer I. "Toward the body of knowledge of modeling and simulation." Proceedings of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation Conference, Orlando, FL, Nov. 2005.
  3. ^ Waite, W. (2004). "V&V Education Initiatives," Foundations ’04.
  4. ^ Romme, G. (2016). The Quest for Professionalism: The Case of Management and Entrepreneurship. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 211.
  5. ^ Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. National Meeting (2009) INFORMS Conference Program, p. 65.