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The mess of Knowledge Management groups on LinkedIn

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 October 2011



The mess of Knowledge Management groups on LinkedIn
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 136
Posted DateTuesday 25 October 2011 15:16 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://ianwooler.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/knowledge-manageme ... 
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/linkedin-km-gr ... 
http://www.nickmilton.com/2010/07/we-build-our-own-silos-gro ... 
CategoriesKnowledge Management

There is no shortage of Knowledge Management discussion groups on Linkedin. I posted a list of 35 of them back in February 2009 when that was all I could find. But in reading this post by Ian Wooler it looks like the number has grown dramatically. Here's Ian's summary:
  • 26 Alumni groups
  • 32 Corporate groups
  • 20 Conference groups
  • 132 Networking groups
  • 16 Nonprofit groups
  • 196 Professional groups.
Nick Milton points out that this is a total of 422 groups and comments "What a mess!" And explains why in an earlier post.

I am not so sure though that it could be any different unless some form of centralised control of the discussions was implemented which is not what the web is about. I also don't think that it would be a good thing.

Discusssion is naturally fragmented and messy. Exerting control over it, even if possible, would diminish creativity, freedom of expression and diversity.

Maybe we need a better balance between mess and order? But if so, who would define and agree it and how would it be achieved?

What are your thoughts?

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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