April 23, 2013

KBAM: Barriers to effective sharing of knowledge

There are many roadblocks in effective sharing of knowledge. For example, employees may fear loss of ownership. Their false mental model can discourage them from sharing knowledge as they might feel they will not receive recognition. I believe that this is closely related to other barriers too such as lack of trust and lack of education. As a future manager, I hope to overcome these barriers by motivating and educating employees in my area of influence (to begin with). I would also ensure that feedback is provided. Another helpful way to harness knowledge can be to enhance socializing and be genuinenly interested in my followers' interests.

The one barrier that I am most concerned about presently is the lack of time. Managers are under a lot of pressure from their bosses, who may ask them to focus on purely operational activities rather than facilitate knowledge sharing. I suppose it depends on how receptive your boss is to your ideas, but we can still educate them on the importance of sharing knowledge and on the concept of control limits.


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  1. Muhammad Khan

    Very good reflection hassan on the barriers and their solutions but educating your boss about the importance of sharing knowledge might be a valid point but mostly they are not willing to listen to your opinions and find it a disgrace to learn from their subordinates. You being a manager would be a CEO to that part of the organization and can educate your subordinates about its importance. For your boss, the only way to avoid time barrier is to use control limits and make him see the possible production to be made within a certain time period.

    25 Apr 2013, 03:21


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