May 17, 2012

KM and personal assets

It is common knowledge that people is the most important asset in a company. In regard to knowledge management, people are those who have the knowledge within an organisation and thus, they are valuable. But if we look into this idea from the perspective of the person, his/her knowledge is the most important personal asset.

All our skills and competencies are based and have been developed from our experience and knowledge. Thus, we are a 'portable database' of what makes us who we are. As companies have to take care of their assets, physical or not, in a same vein people have to take care of their personal assets. That is why we are students in this university, that it why we reflect on our experiences daily, that is why we read interesting things and especially, that is why we socialize.

If companies coulld inderstand the concept of KM in a same way that people do for their personal lives, it seems to me that intensive knowledgeable companies would be the rule, and not the exeption...


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  1. Pinthida Thanatipanont

    A very important point made here, which I could not agree more. I think that many modern organizations are so focused on the profits that they forgot what’s the core values and assets anymore!

    Also, from recently reading for dissertation, it became apparent that there are a lot of giant companies out there, trading and doing business in the modern day but still being managed by the old management style. Little has changed since 2 generations ago. Of coz, the compensations and benefits are better BUT the ‘corporate culture’ is still there. If you put a CEO from 1990 in a time machine transported to today, apart from the technology and visual changes, the ‘invisible’ values, thinking models, and cultures, probably have not changed much!

    Now, it’s probably risky for me to make a statement like this but from what I have personally observed, the above statement is somewhat true. There are still so much resistance in the corporate world and such much vested interest. What does it take to change this? Probably KNOWLEDGE is one of the key ingredients – knowledge about how much we don’t know, and perhaps some enthusiasm on wanting to know more and be more :)

    29 May 2012, 12:16

  2. Oritseweyinmi Barber

    An interesting question, but do you really think that people really do a good job in general of understanding KM concepts and applying it in our personal lives? I’m not quite sure that I would agree that we do : )

    10 Jun 2012, 23:52


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