03 August 2011

Notes on Knowledge Management

 

Knowledge transfer

  • Tacit – Tacit: conversation, dialogue & meetings
  • Tacit – Explicit: creation of documents, messages, memos & reports
  • Explicit – Explicit: creation of directories, maps
  • Explicit – Tacit: documents & data

 

Benefits of Knowledge Transfer & Sharing

  1. transfer problem-solving skills (reuse of)
  2. induction
  3. training & sharing of war-stories
  4. adopting best practices

What is?

  • Data – raw information & material
  • Knowledge – information interpreted & put within context

 

To Instill Changes

  1. introduce management initiatives (e.g. TQM)
  2. focus on the customer
  3. re-engineer the business
  4. empower the workers
  5. create cross-functional teams

Extent of Cultural Shift & Changes

Conflict – coexistence – cooperative – collaborative

 

Innovation Teams Needs

  1. autonomy
  2. to be multi-disciplinary
  3. connection to learning networks (IHL, vendors, R&D)
  4. connection to customers
  5. connection to value-web
  6. to be skilled in innovation disciplines
  7. to be incentivised (reward both failures & successes)
  8. to be measured
  9. to be sponsored/ supported

Knowledge-Innovation Cycle

  1. knowledge creation
  2. knowledge application
  3. invention
  4. invention diffusion
  5. innovation
  6. new knowledge sources
  7. application of new knowledge

Disciplines of a Learning Organisation

  • personal mastery – continuously developing oneself
  • metal models – of the organisation, linear or lateral thinking
  • shared vision – with the rest of the staff/ organisation
  • team learning
  • systems thinking – integrate the above 4

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