A tribute to Vernon Prior

The Glossary of terms used in Competitive Intelligence and Knowledge Management was initially published on quantumiii's website in 2006 with Vernon's full participation and express written permission. (Vernon requested that SCIP ( be acknowledged as the original publisher.)

Vernon Prior (operating as Prior Knowledge) was a leading practitioner in competitive intelligence (CI) and knowledge management (KM).  Over numerous years he presented training programmes in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.

He has worked with Bond, Deakin, Monash, and RMIT Universities; the Singapore, Malaysian and Australian Institutes of Management, the College of International Business; the Institute for International Research; the International Quality and Productivity Centre; the CEO Institute; International Enterprise Singapore; the Australian Trade Commission; the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation; the ASEAN-EC Management Centre (Brunei); the Singapore Ministry of Defence; Etisalat Academy (Dubai); the Queensland Department of State Development & Innovation; the Victorian Department of Industry, Technology and Resources, and with many major companies (who prefer not to be identified).   

A prolific author, his book, ‘Smart company: finding and managing business intelligence’  (published in 1991 but currently out of print), describes how to manage intelligence for competitive advantage. He also wrote ‘Your guide to writing reports’, which was adopted by the Public Service, both Commonwealth and State, as well as by several Australian universities.  

Vernon had more than 200 articles published internationally, in newspapers, journals, magazines, and on the Internet. Three useful introductory  articles are as follows:



Vernon had a post-graduate Diploma in Librarianship and Information Science (DipLib), he was a Fellow of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (FSCIP), a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA), and Founder of the Society of Knowledge and Competitive Intelligence Professionals Australia (SCIPAust).

Vernon was an extremely grateful member of the Caterpillar Club, having successfully abandoned a burning Vulcan bomber during service with the Royal Air Force.