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Torture and Knowledge Management

May 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

It’s interesting to look at torture as practiced by the Bush Administration from the perspective of Knowledge Management. In this case, from the perspective of the three-tier model. Let’s begin with the process of an interrogator trying to retrieve “knowledge” from another person. That’s a particular kind of knowledge integration called searching and retrieving (how [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Management · Politics

Knowledge Management and Conflict: Part Two, Integrating Knowledge

May 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off

In my last KM blog, I analyzed the relationships between KM and conflict, in the context of seeing problems and making knowledge. This post will extend the analysis to integrating knowledge. I classify knowledge integration activities into four categories: knowledge and information broadcasting (KIB), searching and retrieving (S and R), teaching, and sharing. All of [...]

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Tags: Complexity · KM Techniques · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management and Conflict: Part One, Seeing Problems and Making Knowledge

April 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Recently, in the actkm group, my friend Stephen Bounds raised the question of the relationship of KM to conflict in the context of a specific situation in which excessive conflict behavior within a project team was threatening successful completion of the project. This led to a pretty vigorous discussion and a great variety of opinions [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Stunning

March 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

A stunning analysis of the economic crisis by James K. Galbraith just appeared in the Washington Monthly. What’s stunning about it is its wide-ranging analysis of the present economic crisis; its historical perspective; its properly skeptical remarks about CBO and other projections based on standard economic models and available historical data; its very clear-eyed view [...]

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Tags: Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Management · Politics

National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Seven, Comments on A “Simple” Definition

February 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Before moving on to discussing in more detail how a National KM Center would coordinate information availability about KM and knowledge processing, I’d like to take a little time to write about a long-standing issue in KM. The issue of definition. In Part One of this series, I defined KM as activity intended to enhance [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management · Politics

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Seven, The End of 2007 and Dave Pollard

September 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The year 2007 ended with a very interesting take on KM 2.0 by one of my former correspondents, Dave Pollard (See for example 1, 2, 3). Dave, who is given to emphasizing the social networking aspects of things provides this definition of KM:   “In a recent post where I waxed rhapsodic about how the [...]

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Tags: KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · KM Techniques · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management · Personal KM

What Is A Knowledge Processing Software Application?

September 6th, 2008 · Comments Off

Software vendors feel very free to claim that theirs is a KM Software application. At the height of KM’s popularity, in 1998, I’ve even had the experience of running across a document copying vendor who claimed that theirs was a KM Software application. Well, it’s a software vendor’s job to make claims that may sell [...]

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Tags: KM 2.0 · KM Methodology · KM Software Tools · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

Why Don’t We Write Much About KM Policies?

August 25th, 2008 · Comments Off

In my last post, I asked why we in KM don’t write much about KM strategies. Here I ask the same question with respect to policies. Policies and strategies are not the same. A high-level plan for achieving strategic goals and objectives, and ultimately a strategic vision may include a number of policies. On the [...]

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KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part One, Early KM 2.0

August 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

For about three years now, the meme of “KM 2.0” has been circulating. It began with the introduction of the label “Web 2.0” to describe a collection of IT applications called social software. These applications first included blogs, wikis, social network analysis, social networking applications, collaborative content tagging, folksonomies, community support/collaboration software, and project collaboration [...]

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Tags: Complexity · KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Management · Personal KM

National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Two

July 24th, 2008 · 8 Comments

The Organization of Knowledge Management in National Governments (continued) A second possible answer to the question of how to organize KM in National Governments is to organize it in a decentralized way across national governmental agencies and inter-agency teams. Each Governmental unit, or inter-agency group, would have some KM personnel and would be responsible for [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management