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Arranging Ideas: Knowledge Management in Human Terms

Arranging Ideas: Knowledge Management in Human Terms: “However, I personally loathe the buzzword “knowledge management” because it has become hopelessly corrupted, convoluted, and devalued by companies hawking huge expensive systems or consulting services that border on organizational voodoo.
In my book, knowledge management boils down to arranging ideas. In other words, I prefer to view this as a real human process, not a technological or abstract one…”
Comment: Most talk of knowledge management has a corporate slant – i.e. corporations will benefit by adopting KM principles. It’s interesting to note that many of the tools with rapid adoption rates (blogs, wikis, Furl) are of greater personal benefit. I think corporate KM will only be effective to the degree that it is personally effective (i.e. I’ll adopt KM practices if it helps me to do my own work better…which in turn will help the corporation). Most talk of KM places corporate needs/benefits ahead of personal – a cart before the horse scenario.

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  1. Context: How Arranging Ideas Spawns New Ideas

    Given the staggering number and diversity of human minds that have been at work throughout the history of this planet, at this point there may be no such thing as a truly original thought. It’s all been “thunk” before, as someone recently said to me. …

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
  2. Context: How Arranging Ideas Spawns New Ideas

    Given the staggering number and diversity of human minds that have been at work throughout the history of this planet, at this point there may be no such thing as a truly original thought. It’s all been “thunk” before, as someone recently said to me. …

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 3:39 pm | Permalink
  3. Context: How Arranging Ideas Spawns New Ideas

    Given the staggering number and diversity of human minds that have been at work throughout the history of this planet, at this point there may be no such thing as a truly original thought. It’s all been “thunk” before, as someone recently said to me. …

    Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 3:39 pm | Permalink