April 22, 2013

KBAM: Practicing what we learn

I am a firm believer that if we are not going to practice what we learn, then what's the point? In light of this, it was very encouraging to see how our group has already started the practice of sharing knowledge.

Basically, we divided the task amongst ourselves so that each of us had a separate section to look at in the online notes on moodle. The purpose was to spend time developing an understanding of our individual topic within Asset management and knowledge management, and then share that understanding with other group members. This is what we did, and I believe it worked really well. There are obvious advantages of sharing knowledge in this manner too. For starters, we managed to cover all the sections in a short period of time. This suggests that sharing knowledge can really make your life easier, which is a very nice thought.

Moreover, we were all able to transmit our detailed and personalized understanding of the area we were looking at. It was more than just sharing data or simple information.

This moves me nicely to my final point. Since we all gave a detailed presentation to the group, we were in effect sharing tacit knowledge. However, as we also made notes (either on computer or handwritten), we can also very conveniently share explicit knowledge rather than simply tacit. This can be beneficial in a number of ways. For example, let's suppose a new member joins us. He or she can easily access that knowledge even though they were not present when each of us delivered our presentations to other teammates. This also explains why it is so important for companies to have a system in place that actively transforms the tacit into explicit knowledge. It ensures that any new recruits can easily access and benefit from the knowledge gained by other employees' experiences.


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