All entries for June 2013

June 08, 2013

KBAM_Organizational Culture, the barrier myth

Barriers are created psychologically in firms by having wrong perceptions and thoughts about other people and processes. Understanding each other whether in social life or at work by having a good communication and being a good listeners could unfreeze barriers between people. Organizational culture as far I know, acts as a barrier in every single improvement implementation I have studied so far. However, who is creating that?? It is us who did that “THE PEOPLE”. People starting to give false promises and lies to deceive others doing what they want, therefore, people start to have a trust issue with others. It is very difficult to build trust, but very easy to destroy it. When talking about organizational culture as a barrier I think it should be focuses deeply about people. Management should start to act and talk in simple and honest way with no misleading speeches. Talk simple, be simple, understand, be honest, value the others, give others a credit for their achievements, you name them. Everyone knows about them inside, but very few who really act on that. So start fixing yourself first, in order for you to start with the others.

June 03, 2013

KBAM_ Is applying KM that easy?!!

Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my friends about Knowledge Management and I found out that his idea about KM is just limited to sharing the information, which seemed very easy concept to him!! So I started thinking is it that easy? Well of course not if we have a look at people perception within firms and societies. We live in a world where people value the most people with more information than others. Looking at most of the performance appraisal systems it will be found that employees do not prefer sharing their information because they do not want to lose their value in the company. Also they are afraid of someone else uses their knowledge and as a result came up with new idea which might gives him/her a chance to promote or awarded. So although KM appears as a simple concept to handle, however, we are here talking about cultural barriers which are introduced to our systems as a result of a misunderstanding both individuals & organizational psychology and the wrong applying of theories and approaches by firms. What I understand in that applying KM requires a significant shift in firms from their fat top in the structure down to the lowest position in the company, which is not that simple at all, but really worth suffering for.

KBAM_MBE pragmatic learning

Throughout this whole year as students we were a bit angry with the huge number of presentations and mini projects that we had to handle. Why are we doing this instead of attending a lecture was the only question for most of us. Well,, Kolb (1984) and Honey & Mumford (1986a) noted that pragmatic learning is important in group activities as it allows an individual to gain further knowledge on how to engage with others and how to visualize a situation in real sense with the view to finding solutions to the problems at hand. Therefore if we think about all of those activities in which we had, they are all mimicking the real world in which they were a great tool of learning more beneficial than lectures. All of these activity contained problems and required students to ensure coming up with a practical way through the right model that would enable applying the proper solutions for the case on hand. There are loads of theories around and what I recognize that MBE tries to teach us to just go out and deal with the world as it is.

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