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The Federal Government Needs Knowledge Management

June 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Federal Government really needs Knowledge Management. It needs Knowledge Management in many, if not most of its agencies. It needs Knowledge Management in its inter-agency teams. It needs Knowledge Management in the Congress. It needs Knowledge Management in the Judiciary. It needs Knowledge Management in the Federal Reserve System. And it needs Knowledge Management [...]

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Tags: Knowledge Integration · Knowledge Making · 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

Not Exactly Seven Principles: Part One

April 12th, 2009 · Comments Off

Some time ago, Dave Snowden offered his Seven Principles of Knowledge Management. I’ve commented on some of them before in the context of a review of a presentation by John Tropea. However, John’s presentation pre-dates Dave’s blog post presenting all seven principles. I’ve not had time to review Dave’s post since it appeared, but I [...]

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National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Fourteen, On Stimulating Knowledge Sharing

March 14th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Neil Olonoff recently asked this question on LinkedIn: “How can we stimulate knowledge sharing and collaboration in government?” I’ve provided an answer to this question in three posts here, here, and here. Whatever I say in these posts about enhancing knowledge sharing assumes the adoption of a clear definition or specification of knowledge allowing a [...]

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National Governmental Knowledge Management: KM, Adaptation, and Complexity: Part Ten, Comment on Federal KM Solutions

March 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

On March 3, Neil Olonoff posted a blog entitled “KM Solutions for the Coming Federal Hiring Wave.” He also posted the blog to the actkm group listserv, saying: “I’d appreciate your opinions as to whether you consider the solutions below to be KM services. I also would love to hear your thoughts on how KM [...]

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Tags: KM Software Tools · KM Techniques · 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

National Governmental Knowledge Management: Part Four, Continuing Assessment of Federal KM Initiative Action Plan

February 13th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This post continues the discussion begun in Part Three of this series with an analysis of problems with the underlying conceptual model of the presentation on the Federal KM Initiative. Here’s a graphic of that model as I’ve reconstructed it from the text of the presentation. Reconstruction of Neil Olonoff’s Conceptual Model Let’s work backwards [...]

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

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Thirteen, John Tropea and the Nature of Knowledge

September 19th, 2008 · 5 Comments

This entry continues the discussion of John Tropea’s “Knowledge Management as an Ecosystem.” In Part Twelve, I reviewed and critiqued a portion of the presentation up through the discussion of “the new KM.” Here, I’ll focus on John’s treatment of “the nature of knowledge” and in my next blog I’ll discuss his characterization of KM [...]

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Tags: Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · Knowledge Management

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Twelve, KM 1.0 and John Tropea

September 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

On March 17 and 18th John Tropea, one of the most active bloggers on KM 2.0 and social computing issues made two very interesting contributions to discussion of this issue. On March 17, in a blog entitled “Why KM 1.0 Failed in a Nutshell,” John put his finger on a point very essential to this [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · KM 2.0 · KM Software Tools · Knowledge Management

KM 2.0 and Knowledge Management: Part Ten, E 2.0, McAfee, and Davenport

September 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

On February 19, 2008, Tom Davenport, one of the most well-known names in KM, published a blog post entitled “Enterprise 2.0: The New, New Knowledge Management?” Before, I discuss this piece, full disclosure requires that I call attention to the fact that “The New Knowledge Management” is the “brand name” that my collaborator, Mark McElroy, [...]

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