One of the hot debates in KM is "What is the meaning of the word
'knowledge'?". There are fundamentally two schools of thought. One
that says knowledge is something that can only ever exist in your
mind and everything else is just information. Another that says there
are two forms of knowledge - 'tacit knowledge' that exists in your
head and 'explicit knowledge' that is stored in some other medium
e.g. paper or digitally.
To my mind both views are valid. They are just two different ways of
interpreting a word that has always been used rather loosely. I can
quite happily switch between each depending on the context. But it is
important to recognize that there are two views if you are to avoid
arguments that at their core hinge on a different interpretation of
this thing we call knowledge.
Personally, I tend to use the tacit/explicit model because I find it
more useful. I like to distinguish the ingredients of a cake
(information) from the recipe (explicit knowledge).
Which view of knowledge do you find the more pragmatic?
Knowledge only exists within your head; everything else is just information.
27% (43 votes)
Knowledge can be explicit (written) or implicit (in your head)
73% (118 votes)
Based on 161 votes.
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