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Knowledge Sharing is only one component of Knowledge Management

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 August 2019



Knowledge Sharing is only one component of Knowledge Management
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 230
Posted DateThursday 29 August 2019 12:21 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.nickmilton.com/2019/08/why-knowledge-sharing-does ... 

Many people prefer to use the term "Knowledge Sharing" instead of "Knowledge Management". However as a synonym "Knowledge Sharing" is inadequate and misleading

This is an excellent blog post from Nick Milton and a must read for all new KMers.

I have always been a little shocked when people tell me they don't like the term Knowledge Management and so have named their KM activities Knowledge Sharing - there is so much more to KM (or there should be) than merely sharing knowledge. Here is another critical issue to add to Nick's list.:-)

I think "knowledge management" is a bull**** issue.

Let me tell you why. I can give you perfect information, I can give you perfect knowledge and it won't change your behavior one iota.

People choose not to change their behavior because the culture and the imperatives of the organization make it too difficult to act upon the knowledge.

Knowledge is not the power. Power is power. The ability to act on knowledge is power.

Most people in most organizations do not have the ability to act on the knowledge they possess.

End of story.

What Michael says here really only refers to knowledge sharing and not KM!

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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