All entries for May 2011

May 23, 2011

GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

I would like to give my best wishes to all the MBE class for the future and especially for our dissertation which is creeping day by day. I would also like people to pray for me as well because seriously I do think that I need a lot of prayers especially for my dissertation. I hope you guys enjoy your remaining time at warwick.

Take care people!

Cheers. 


KBAM EXPERIENCE – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

KBAM has been a good learning experience, the in-module and the post module work has definitely developed my learning towards asset management, different aspects of asset management and knowledge management. It was also a very interesting experience since it was the final module with the MBE class because all of us will not take OPP together and I definitely missed the final moments of the KBAM module and especially the MBE group photo moment at the end of the presentation sessions. One unusual thing that I also noticed was that during the module, people didn’t even take a single seminar although last time we had 3 to 4 seminars because maybe there was a lot to do for the in-module presentation so maybe therefore seminars were not taken although I was expecting atleast two to three seminars during the module. Altogether it was a very good module, very informative and interesting and I also enjoyed the group work during the module.


NO MORE BLOGGING ? – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

The KBAM module seems like the end of the blogging activity as well and most probably as I have heard there will be no further blogging. Blogging has been a very good experience; it is actually a very good way of expressing yourself and sharing your opinions with others. Especially for people like me, it has been a very different experience since I never thought that I would do something like this ever and through this practice my communication skills have also improved. I personally feel if it was not about marks, many of us would have not contributed into this and that actually was a good idea to attach marks with this task. I have read many people’s blogs and I think all of us have improved a lot, when it comes to writing blogs. I prefer and enjoy blogs more than wikis since it seemed double work more than anything else and was just good as a supporting tool. I would definitely not forget this experience since I have also been making world viewable enteries and this work would always be available online. So, I think it would be a really good idea to look at this sometime in the future and remember the good old MBE days, this would surely remain as a good memory of my time at Warwick.         


SOCIO–TECHNICAL APPROACH FOR KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

There are many different approaches that can be followed for knowledge management. But there are two types of approaches which are considered to be main in  the knowledge management process. The social approach and the tecnological approach. Social approach is about interaction between people, culture and other social aspects etc where as the technological aspect refers to use of tecnology such as intranet, networks, email etc for aiding the flow of knowledge. Although people are the most important part of every organization but still only following the social aspect is not beneficial in today's IT world. therefore IT plays an important role and there is need for organizations to adopt a socio-technical approach for knowledge mangement which comprises of both the social aspects and also the technological aspects as a perfect combination for knowledge sharing and development.

The socio-tecnical approach is really imporatant since it avoids the traditional knowledge managment approach for following the social perspective. IT is very effective and effecient and can definitely aid the knowledge management process but there should be a combination of both.

We can attempt to adopt the socio-technical approach of knowledge management since we all have access to technology and it is a very effective source of knowledge sharing and communication. we can use an approach which is a combination of our people and also technology for getting better results than before.        


HOW IMPORTANT IS THE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN EFFECTIVE KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT ? – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

When we talk about the role of leadership, it is always important important for organizations in all situations at every level. In case of knowledge managment, the role of leadership is of vital importance since it determines and plays an important part in the development of culture with in an organization. Effective knowledge management cannot occur without a supportive culture and proper motivation from top management and leadership. Therefore the role of the leadership in this regard is to create an atmosphere where people can communicate effectively and there are no barriers between departments. One more important role of leadership is to motivate employees so that they recognize the importance of their involvement in the knowledge creation and inplementation process.

Therefore, it can be seen that the role of leadership is of vital importance in case of knowledge managment. The knowledge management process cannot be succesful without involvement from them since they are the biggest source of influence within the organization.

We have to play our role as leaders within the knowledge managment process, if we get the chance to lead a company in the future. There is a need to play the role of a motivator and facilitator for effective flow of knowledge since it can bring our organization great success and might bring competitive advantage as well.  


May 22, 2011

ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

Since environmental management is very important, there is a need to apply knowledge to it. For organization to effectively tackle their environmental knowledge, environmental knowledge management systems are really important. They help people to gather knowledge about the environment through different procedures and that knowledge could be used to come up with a effective environmental policy for the organization. It is basically the usage of people as well as technology to handle the knowledge from different sources, regarding the environment. The databases and different types of technologies can aid organizations in gathering important information and knowledge about best practices within the industry etc and then develop a proper strategy for their organization.

These managment systems are really important since they can aid in environmental decision making and also solution to different environmental problems. It is a proper framework especially to handle the environmental issues and could be beneficial for organization.

We can use environmental knowledge management systems in our organizations to make a serious effort towards minimizing the environmental problems that would definitely bring good results for our organization.    


SEVERAL APPROACHES TOWARDS TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

When we talk about approahces, there are many different environmental approaches that people use in their organizations and bussnisses. Especially in case of the environmental problems, ost of the people tend to use reactive approaches which are basically the core of all the problems since people are not very considerate towards their environment. The reactive approach is to act as a reaction to a consiquence and in this case addressing an environmental problem when it has already caused the damage. The reactive approach is not an effective approach since it not even shows the ignorance towards such important issues but is also not financially feasible for an organization. The proactive is thinking about environmental problems before hand and figuring out an appropriate solution and maybe an ecodesign at tehe designing stage so that hazards and consequences can be avoided. 

It is really important to know the treand of the people towards their environment and these approache show us that. If people care about there surroundings they will definitely adopt a proactive approach which would also help them to earn good reputation among people and would actually be cheaper and better than paying penalties afterwards.

We need to adopt a proactive approah towards the environment since it is the need of the time and a there is a need to properly plan and design products and processes before hand so that harmful effects can be eliminated.      


ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

The term environmental technology is really new to me since terms like these are not very common in the third world developing countries. Environmental technolohy is basically technology that is environmental friendly. It is also a very common phenomena within the environmental terms and also refers to the development of technology which is in line with the environment. It is emphasized greatly all over the world considering the harmful effects of the industries on the environment. There is a strong trend to follow and develop environmnetal technologies especially in the west since the awareness is very much there among the people regarding the environmental damage caused by human activities and also its consequences.

It is really important in today's world especially when industrialization is increasing tremendously and more and more businesses are increasing their usage of advanced technology, there is a definite need to develop and use environmental technology.

For people like me, it is our duty to create awareness when we go back to our countries since it is not really there and people do not know the possible consequences that might arise out of the traditional powerful technologies. There is a need to do sustainable development, which is the core of environmental technology.


ORGANIZATIONAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

Organizational knowledge management system is a framework for the management of the flow of knowledge within an organization. It act as a good tool for gathering the explicit and implicit knowledge and then use them to innovate and improve. It emphaiszes the adoption of a socio-technical approach for organizations to manage their knowledge effectively. Therefore an emphasis is not only on the culture, people but only on technological perspectives. It combines organizational learning with knowledge managment and the usage of technological tools as intranet, databases to gather and implement effctive knowledge. Although the social aspect is very very important but it still highlights the technological perspective to aid the social aspect and in todays world tecnology has become inevitble.

the importance of organizationalknowledge management can be seen by the fact that helps organization to developnew opportunities for improvement and growth. Since the knowledge is the key ingredient for improvement and innovation, that is why a knowledge managemnet system has to be in place for an organization to succeed.

We should definitely create awareness about the importance of knowledge management and knowledge management systems within the organizations, which could also be a source of competitive advantage.   


ISO 1401 – USAMA NADEEM (KBAM)

There have been a lot of ISO standards in the past which have been adopted by many companies around the world. They basically certify the companies who comply with their claws. The ISO 1401 is an environmental management standard. It is basically a guidline for the industrial and business people to improve their environmental practices and cary out more more safer activities. It acts as a framwork for the organizations to follow, so that they can know about the problems and the restrictations when it comes to environmental problems, emmisions, pollution etc. The certified companies not only get a certificate to satisfy their customers but it also enhances their public and industrial image and helps to increase their customer loyalty since due to the severe environmental problems today people want to deal with environmentally concious organizations. It is also a part of a requirement in many countries for organizations to carryout their activities.

It is a very important standard since it helps organizations to become more environmental concious and friendly and act as a framework for them to follow and improve their activities. Many companies try to follow the standard since it is a good way of enhancing their public image and is beneficial for them in the long run.

We can use this standard in the future as a guidance to meet the environmental requirements and minimize the emmisions and waste fromk our processes. Therefore it is a effective environmental management approach.


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