In its basic form, knowledge management is about converting available raw data into digestible information. That information is then placed in a reusable repository for the benefit of any future need based on similar kinds of experiences. Knowledge management contributes to the streamlining of ideas, solved problems, new projects and product deployment driving towards productivity.
Knowledge management practices and theory pop up more and more in the news each day. As our focus continues to shift to more efficient ways to create a knowledge sharing culture, organizations and thought leaders will begin to promote new ideas and approaches to knowledge management. Recently, three stories stuck out in particular as interesting takes on knowledge management, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.
Knowledge management practices and theory pop up more and more in the news each day. As our focus continues to shift to more efficient and better ways to create a knowledge sharing culture, organizations and thought leaders will begin to promote new ideas and approaches to knowledge management. Recently, three stories stuck out in particular as interesting takes on knowledge management and knowledge sharing.
As Lead UX/UI Designer of DZone’s Product Vision team, I am presented with the challenge of creating optimal and gratifying experiences for others. Outside of work, I keep the gears turning through expressions of music and visual art. One thing is key to all of these creative processes: collaboration. Whether to gain different perspectives, seek feedback, or just share an experience with others, it is the interaction with other beings that gives creative work its meaning, a purpose. At the heart of collaboration is the desire to seek and share knowledge, without which we cannot grow and creativity cannot flourish.
Dow Jones. Xerox. World Bank. These names are undoubtedly familiar to your leaders in their respective industries. But besides all being large and powerful organizations, these three companies all have something else in common – a real and tangible investment in growing knowledge management as a fundamental aspect of their corporate culture. We know that knowledge management matters, particularly to small companies that are just making their imprint in their industries, where finding any competitive advantage can mean the difference between sinking or swimming. But the question is this – why does knowledge management matter for even the largest of organizations?
“Thank you for your email – I am currently out of the office and will respond upon my return.” This familiar message is popping up in our inboxes more frequently. It’s summertime and most people are busy planning vacations to the beach, the mountains, or other exciting destinations. However, business doesn’t stop just because someone is out of the office. Other employees are expected to immediately fill critical voids within the company, but sometimes lack the expertise required to maintain momentum or the product knowledge necessary to answer questions.
While we understand that knowledge sharing and knowledge management are an important tool for companies trying to create a more productive and collaborative culture, we talk about it mostly conceptually, but what does the knowledge economy actually look like, tangibly?
According to Merriam-Webster, a community is a ‘unified body of individuals: as an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location.’ As far as definitions go, that description of a community is both broad and specific. Meaning, there isn’t anything in particular that a group has to be doing other than interacting in a common location – outside, inside, online, etc. For our purposes, this non-specific description actually encompasses how we view organic knowledge management communities aptly.
Millennials grew up in a digital era with countless resources at their fingertips. This access to infinite amounts of information has created a new breed of employee – one possessing a strong entrepreneurial mindset, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire for personal growth.
Ever since knowledge management became an established practice in the early 90s, organizations have struggled to find convenient, powerful, flexible ways to collect, share and store information. Even the most productive of organizational knowledge generators cannot reap the benefits of their labor without an effective way of accomplishing these tasks. However, the cloud has opened new possibilities for knowledge management, and a large-scale generation of information and a vast web of storage and sharing platforms are truly a match made in heaven. In this blog we’ll take a look at how the cloud and organizational learning are a great fit and how you can leverage the cloud to help you achieve your knowledge management goals.