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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 Three, More Skepticism and Okimoto’s Conceptualization

August 6th, 2008 · Comments Off

Until the late spring of 2007, discussion about KM 2.0 had raised a number of issues and themes including: – KM 2.0 is KM which utilizes Web/Enterprise 2.0 tools to enable greater connectivity and self organization in one’s enterprise; – Before the introduction of Web/Enterprise 2.0 tools KM had been a command-and-control-oriented approach, but KM [...]

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

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

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

July 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments

National Governmental Knowledge Management The primary focus of Knowledge Management, thus far, has been on organizations, communities, and teams, with some emphasis on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), and “Knowledge Cities.” Knowledge Management in Government has primarily continued the organizational focus of most work in the field. It is agency-based and project-focused, and has had little [...]

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

A Correct Interpretation of a Musical Composition?

July 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off

I think that a musical composition is different from a text asserting logical and semantic content. There still might be a “correct interpretation” of musical compositions, but I don’t think the issue here is one of a true theory about the semantic and logical content of a text, but of the aesthetic value of different [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory

Remarks on Truth and Theories of Evaluation

July 21st, 2008 · Comments Off

First, I think that true and false are terms we should apply to linguistic networks rather than single statements. Networks are necessary, because single statements generally assume a good deal of background knowledge illuminating the meaning of those statements. If the background knowledge is expressed in language also, we have a network of statements, and [...]

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

Problems of Shifting from KM to “Knowledge Sharing”

July 16th, 2008 · 4 Comments

The over-riding problem with shifting from a “KM” orientation to a “knowledge sharing” one, is that the words don’t mean the same thing, and focusing on one or the other may well lead to different policies, programs, and interventions. Put another way, since “Knowledge Sharing” and Knowledge Management are not the same thing, it’s possible [...]

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Tags: Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · Knowledge Management

OODA, the DEC, the KLC, and Recognition-Primed Decision Making

July 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Introduction In my two previous posts I’ve talked about the OODA loop framework and its relationships to the Decision Execution Cycle (DEC), Single- and Double-loop learning, and the Knowledge Life Cycle (KLC) frameworks. Here I want to discuss the relationship of Recognition Primed Decision Making (RPD), a primary type of Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM) to [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making

OODA, the DEC, and the KLC

June 18th, 2008 · Comments Off

Introduction In my last post, I examined John Boyd’s OODA Loop framework and discussed its relationship to double-loop learning. I mentioned there that OODA was one of a number of similar Decision Learning Cycle (DLC) frameworks developed by various writers over the years, including my own Decision Execution Cycle (DEC) framework. In this post, I’ll [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making

The OODA Loop and Double-loop Learning

June 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Decision and Learning Cycles There are a number of examples in the organizational learning field of frameworks that conjecture a cyclic agent behavioral process of decision, action, experiential feedback, and then adjustment followed by new action. Such frameworks are not new. Russell Ackoff and Kolb and Fry in the 1970s, Kolb in the 1980s, and [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Making