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Adding knowledge cafés to the repertoire of knowledge sharing techniques

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 October 2014



Adding knowledge cafés to the repertoire of knowledge sharing techniques
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 172
Posted DateMonday 27 October 2014 14:12 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0268401214 ... 
CategoriesKnowledge Cafe
CountrySouth Africa

There are not too many academic articles published on the Knowledge Cafe so I am delighted that Prof Martie Mearns and Tracy Lefika at the Department of Information and Knowledge Management - University of Johannesburg have published an article on the Knowledge Cafe as a knowledge sharing application. Martie, Tracy, a big thank you.

Knowledge cafés, a fairly new technique used to facilitate knowledge sharing, offer individuals within organisations the opportunity to interact on a face to face level with topics that are relevant to a particular organisation, and enhances knowledge transfer.

One of the major impediments of knowledge cafés is that, to date, there is limited literature concerning this knowledge sharing technique.

For this reason data was gathered through a Delphi study to investigate and discuss various aspects of knowledge cafés as used for the purpose of knowledge sharing.

The results of the study provide guidelines, advantages, disadvantages and similar techniques to knowledge cafés.

The core differences between knowledge cafés and world cafés are also highlighted.

Essentially it is the aim of this article to add knowledge cafés to the existing repertoire of knowledge sharing techniques by firstly reviewing literature on the existing techniques used for knowledge sharing and then elaborating on the value of knowledge cafés as a knowledge sharing application.

The article published in the International Journal of Information Management can be downloaded for free from here until 5 December 2014. So download it now, after that you will need to pay :-)

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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