Knowledge Management

The creation, storage and collaborative sharing of employee information within the business environment.

The ideal of a knowledge society

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Knowledge has become everyone’s business!

Since the 1960s we have had the ‘culture wars’ fought over the standards with which to adjudicate between competing claims to knowledge (i.e. statements about some or other aspect of the world and also about whether neutral standards for this task are even conceivable). These wars were also fought over whose knowledge it is (the Greeks’ or Africans’), and over the right to ‘voice’ (pitting males against females, heterosexuals against homosexuals, and incumbents of the status quo against ‘others’ of various stripes).

 

The value of a Knowledge Manager

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I have recently completed a commission from the International Social Science Council [ISSC], a NGO in formal associate relations with UNESCO. My task was to survey scholarly articles written by social scientists over the last decade in order to produce a 'think piece' to enable the secretariat of the ISSC to draft an outline of the 2009 World Social Science Report. This report will be written by experts across the world along the lines suggested by the ISSC.

Knowledge Management: What is knowledge and what to do with it

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What knowledge is not
A good way to start our question about knowledge is to state what it is not.

Knowledge management: the cognitive wherewithal for complex sites of exchange

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Ways of knowing

We get to know a great many things from birth to death merely by being there! Think of wonderful acquisitions such as knowing our home language and specific cultural ways. Of course, there are also things which took a great deal of learning and teaching, or deliberate effort on the part of parents, siblings, and teachers in both informal and formal settings: for example, memorising facts and pieces of text, writing, reading and later gains though schooling such as mathematics. And there are even things we ‘know’ and yet we have no idea where this ‘knowledge’ comes from! For example, even small babies try to avoid loud noises and bad smells.

Women must take ownership of their personal development

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Much has been said recently relating to the position of women in business and the need for education as a means of unlocking businesswomen’s self belief (The Star – SMME Focus).

Knowledge management: Managing knowledge

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In this final piece, we turn to a particular interest I have in managing knowledge: turning tacit, implicit, and (practical) know-how into (factual) knowledge; facilitating the horizontal transfer of knowledge; and connecting people/organizations to what they need to know and do in order to turn knowledge into a wealth-creating asset.

Knowledge management: Managing knowledge


By Anita Craig (apcraig.com)

Introduction

In this final piece, we turn to a particular interest I have in managing knowledge: turning tacit, implicit, and (practical) know-how into (factual) knowledge; facilitating the horizontal transfer of knowledge; and connecting people/organizations to what they need to know and do in order to turn knowledge into a wealth-creating asset.

Knowledge Management: Doing research

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Right at the start of a research process are two interesting commitments, or perhaps even virtues. One is a particular dedication to finding out the truth, or to search – again and again – until the conclusions about a question are justified (proved or supported) by good, strong evidence. The other is a certain commitment to honesty, i.e. to abide by the rules that govern the process, and to accept its outcome. This does not only mean that research findings might surprise one, but also that a dearly held pre-understanding might be wrong; and that an answer one would very much have liked came out one way has no support in evidence.

Knowledge Management: Doing research


By Anita Craig (apcraig.com)

Introduction

Right at the start of a research process are two interesting commitments, or perhaps even virtues. One is a particular dedication to finding out the truth, or to search – again and again – until the conclusions about a question are justified (proved or supported) by good, strong evidence. The other is a certain commitment to honesty, i.e. to abide by the rules that govern the process, and to accept its outcome. This does not only mean that research findings might surprise one, but also that a dearly held pre-understanding might be wrong; and that an answer one would very much have liked came out one way has no support in evidence.

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