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June 15, 2014
Ensuring knowledge sharing
How can we be sure that the individual will share the knowledge?
Can't it be that the individual does not intend to share the knowledge and instead consdier that knoweldge as their asset and try to sell it elsewhere? If that's the case, some innovations cannot happen (potentially) in a company.
My guess would be that companies do have ways of coping with such issues, such as signing legal documents that bind the individuals to the company and that the creation the individual comes up with is considered the asset of the company. Yet, if the individual does not share it with the previous company, and instead brings it to another company (such as a competitor)?
A possible method that might be in use already is that the knowledge creation process is designed in a way that no one person will only be involved in the creation process, but it is actually part of a series of steps until the that creatoin/innovation can be reached. This might mean that the process is very fragmented that to reach a breakthrough or invention, the necessary steps have to be taken.
But also, if we look at this from another perspective, why should the company even have to worry about this, if they can make the employees loyal and attached to the company? Wouldn't that allow knowledge to be shared openly and accessibly? Surely if an employee feels like they're being trusted and empowered, there's a higher possiblity that they will reciprocrate with the same manner towards the company, right?
This is just based on simple logic, which i think is true of human nature.