James Macharia Tutu

by James Macharia Tutu

I am a student of KM and IT: Social Change.I am interested in venturing into consulting in KM and use of web 2.0 in organizations. I am interested in any firm or individual who will help me in my venture.

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Mar 01, 2010
Knowledge-can it be managed?
by: james machariatutu

how can you manage knowledge? its a question you get whenever you introduce the topic knowledge management to people you meet. it is a genuine question.by its inherent nature knowledge can not be managed. people are the main carriers and creators of knowledge. it is also true that when knowledge leaves the mind it becomes information.
that said, from my perspective, i believe knowledge can be managed, by managing the processes involved in knowledge creation and transfer. when knowledge is codified and captured in more compact form it becomes more valuable than when it solely in somebody's mind. in this way it can be used and reused and at the same time made available to many people.
though we might like to draw a clean cut distinction between knowledge and information,this may prove to be problematic, because there is a thin line between the two concepts. but, i would like to believe that knowledge is more distilled,refined, tested,and valued.the record management process clearly demonstrates how information can differ from knowledge.appraisal,the last stage in record management, is meant to establish those records or information with lasting value for permanent preservation based on their archival value. this records represents what i call knowledge.
knowledge management, therefore, is not a very recent issue, but it has been there with us for centuries. librarians and archivists have been practicing it for donkey's years. it is only recently, that it come to hit us that what has been being archived and stocked in library has been appropriately knowledge but not information as such.
knowledge management also recognizes the fact that human are primary carrier and creator of knowledge, consequently the emphasis on knowledge sharing. this aspect has been the norm in our older generation who existed before the invention of the written word.the ancient knowledge was passed on orally. the only change brought about by advent of printing and information communication technology is ease and convenience of capturing, storing and handing it down to future generation.

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