June 16, 2013

June 10th – a little thinking on KBAM in real world

Although I choose health and safety as the aspect which I focus on in my PMA, I still think the knowledge based on facilities management is also improtant for Waverider as well as other manufacturing companies.

In many organizations, the lack of concious on equipment management and a waste of the facilities is existed everywhere.

The poor knowledge share make the process expensive and slow.

What I have seen from the leaders are mainly focus on the result, finance performance and the human resource power. The asset management level is so need to improve. No matter how perfect the company described themselves, I think the knowledge managment is always need to making progress which can help the company solve the high inventory problem.

Therefore, in the future, if I meet a company who wants to make improvement, I may go detail and first see the company's leadership and knowledge management system. How much can I make changes. Moreover, I may go and check their asset management level and think about the cost control and culture establishing.



June 9th – Obstacle on KBAM especially H&S management

I felt hard on a detailed approach design for Wave Rider health and safety management.

In health and safety aspect, there are many potential issues which should be pay attention to.

Each step may also contains some health and safety crisis. Also the outside, the environment and other factors. I opened the Wave Rider introduction page and read details regarding the producing process. I list the potential dangers and hoped these would help.

The construction companies need to customize their KM strategies on the basis of the type of knowledge being managed, and the size and culture of the organization. Thus, investigating the different safety-KM strategies implemented by highly effective companiesis extremely important. It is expected that such an analysis will results that construction companies can use to establish, refine, and customize an effective safety-KM program.

It is unrealistic to assume that each element has an equal influence on safety performance. Unfortunately, the research team did not have sufficient data to perform a factor analysis. Second, the qualitative evidence showed that effective safety-KM programs must include acquisition , storage, and dissemination efforts to be effec tive. Finally, no alternative data-collection methods were implemented to externally validate the case-study results. Rather, the resea rch team relied upon inter-nal con trols (e.g., replicat ion) to ensure that the results had sufficient internal, external, and construct validity and reliability.


June 8th – the KM in Health and Safety Management

In health and safety aspect, we have to analysis how can we collect and analysis the health and safety knowlege, how to manage them. Think on the relevant case and establish a H&S database.

I saw the cases and found that what I have learned is make a relationship between knowledge map and the organization. Because of their power, scope, and impact, the creation of an enterprise level knowledge map requires senior management support as well as careful, inclusive planning. Well-established knowledge maps become both an enterprise-wide utility as well as a key operating environment.

I jumped this step and go derectly to a knowledge transfer step. I mean, the transfer between tacit and obvious knowledge. I then found that if the knowledge managed so well, moreover, we build a IT system or whatever, the knowledge can be shared. The processes especially manufacturing processes can be integrated with 6 sigma! Sounds crazy but it is not impossible. The health and safety issues were also considered and managed under this mothod.


June 7th – How can we build a knowledge management in safety

KBAM has also helped me to understand how can we build a knowledge management organization step by step..

As I mentioned before, Knowledge management plays a very important role in asset management as it is powerful but always be ingnored.

So I did some research and found out some useful ideas which could also help to the future management.

First of all, I think leadership and policy is one of the most important things in whole KBAM. With the allowence and future development, the KBAM may have a good result or performance.

Secondly, we must think about how to build a effective manage team in organization? In my point of view, for an organazation which thinking about the safety management, they need a safety management thought. Then based on this,we set a safety management goal. After this we build some safety manage methods like economic, cultural, technology and legal methods.

Thirdly, we used the experience, no matter success or fail, to continuous back to the safety goal setting, restarted the whole process. So it became the improvement cycle for future development.


June 6th – How does knowledge management help

A knowledge audit assesses potential stores of knowledge and is the first part of any knowledge management strategy. By discovering what knowledge is possessed, it is possible to find the most effective method of storage and dissemination. It can then be used as the basis for evaluating the extent to which change needs to be introduced to the organization.

Basically, the knowledge management part is trying to solve the problems like the lack of awareness of information elsewhere in the organization, Inability to keep abreast of relevant information, common use of out-of-date information and not knowing where to go for expertise in a specific area.

Additionally, products from company would allow the building of the corporate memory. People must be able to share the knowledge they have with others in the company who need. This is a knowledge database part.

Then, in order to facilitate better training (which produce better staff and therefore better results), Wave Rider should implement a program to identify what skills staff members have and what skills they need to do their job. This could involve a Knowledge Inventory in specific departments of the company. Each employee could fill out an Experience.

Besides, Wave Rider also could implement a Best Practices Program. This will require an analysis of boat making core competencies.

Another factors is that we know Wave Rider has various knowledge needs that can only be met by outside sources. For example, the news sources, trade and industry sources, government regulation, etc. It is impossible for any person to monitor all these sources of knowledge. A good solution to this problem would be a corporate portal. Offer corporate portal software that allows companies to monitor many different external sources of knowledge.

This is also helpful in other type of comapies in reality.


June 15, 2013

June 3rd – Health & Safety Management

Through some research, I found that the objectitive of health and safety management part in Wave Rider was as follows. Firstly, a reduction of safety problems such as accident, the healthy problems of staff. Secondly, the H&S management aimed to meet the government's requirements. Thirdly, build a good brand or reputation.

The health and sagety part is just like Deming system, which was a continues improvement process, a "plan, action, check, improvement" cycle.

Moreover, I think the asset management could not finish by system alone. It needs human surpport such as leadership and commitment, plan and strategic goal, assessment etc. In this manage tool, a good leadership may plays a core role in the whole



June 2nd – the choose of PMA topic

What I have learnt about KBAM was 3 parts: knowledge management, asset management and the integration.

The PMA asked me to choose one specific aspect of Wave Rider about its improvement (use the knowledge management and asset management). I analysised the asset management part as following:


asset management


Firstly, I was interest in facilities management, security management and H&S management. The facilities management was a huge picture as it had too many things to speak and the analysis might go less deep.

Then I compared two aspects, security part and health safety part. I thought that all of them are a good choice for 3000 words analysis. security mainly talked about the identification management, data protection, physical security etc.

In health and safety aspect, a latest UK Key Figures for 2009/2010estimated that about 152 workers were killed, nearly as a rate of 0.5 per 100 000 workers. It was an important problem which could not ignored. So I finally choose this aspect as my PMA topic.



May 05, 2013

Reflective thinking on KBAM

Friday we finished the last part of presentations which are as a concultancy company to guide WaveRider . In this part, we acquired some knowledge about asset management and knowledge management. Nowadays, organizations are looking more and more towards the productive manipulation of information to succeed and stay competitive. If a company wants to keep its competition in the market, they need to learn new knowledge. Keep learning provides a way for businesses to help them make better decisions and take more productive actions. If we learn from others, total achievement will be improved.


In our presentation, we said that asset management is increasingly seen as crucial to success of organizations. According to many theorists learning could be the only sustainable competitive advantage a company can have in the future. Asset management is considered as a core element in the model structure and in the assessment mechanism as well of EFQM. The EFQM Excellence Model assumes that in order to sustain excellence, organizations assess and review their approaches and mechanisms regularly and questions themselves.

However, how to collect and analysis the information in an organization? How to use your knowledge and resources to manage information in order to help the process improvement in organization?

We need 5 key values to create a learning organization showed in below:

1. Incorporate Systems thinking

2. Proper manage system

3. Develop Mental Models

4. Make a Shared Vision

5. Share the Team Learning

The professor in class highly mentioned metal models and a shared vision because they are really important in a long term view. . If we make a shared vision for others, most of people are likely to involve in an organizational learning voluntarily.



Reflective thinking on KBAM

Friday we finished the last part of presentations which are as a concultancy company to guide WaveRider . In this part, we acquired some knowledge about asset management and knowledge management. Nowadays, organizations are looking more and more towards the productive manipulation of information to succeed and stay competitive. If a company wants to keep its competition in the market, they need to learn new knowledge. Keep learning provides a way for businesses to help them make better decisions and take more productive actions. If we learn from others, total achievement will be improved.


In our presentation, we said that asset management is increasingly seen as crucial to success of organizations. According to many theorists learning could be the only sustainable competitive advantage a company can have in the future. Asset management is considered as a core element in the model structure and in the assessment mechanism as well of EFQM. The EFQM Excellence Model assumes that in order to sustain excellence, organizations assess and review their approaches and mechanisms regularly and questions themselves.

However, how to collect and analysis the information in an organization? How to use your knowledge and resources to manage information in order to help the process improvement in organization?

We need 5 key values to create a learning organization showed in below:

1. Incorporate Systems thinking

2. Proper manage system

3. Develop Mental Models

4. Make a Shared Vision

5. Share the Team Learning

The professor in class highly mentioned metal models and a shared vision because they are really important in a long term view. . If we make a shared vision for others, most of people are likely to involve in an organizational learning voluntarily.



May 04, 2013

Effective Process for Knowledge

Effective use of information technology to communicate knowledge requires an organization to share an interpretive context. The more that communicators share similar knowledge, background and experience, the more effectively knowledge can be communicated via electronically mediated channels. At one extreme, the dissemination of explicit, factual knowledge within a stable community having a high degree of shared contextual knowledge can be accomplished through access to a central electronic repository. However, when interpretive context is moderately shared, or the knowledge exchanged is less explicit, or the community is loosely affiliated, then more interactive modes such as electronic mail or discussion databases are appropriate. When context is not well shared and knowledge is primarily tacit, communication and narrated experience is best supported with the richest and most interactive modes such as video conferencing or face-to-face conversation.

Our team thought that the information technology infrastructure should provide a seamless "pipeline" for the flow of explicit knowledge through the 4 stages of the refining process to enable

1. Capturing knowledge,

2. Defining, storing, categorizing, indexing and linking digital objects corresponding to knowledge units,

3. Searching for ('pulling') and subscribing to ('pushing') relevant content,

4. Presenting content with sufficient flexibility to render it meaningful and applicable across multiple contexts of use.

Information technologies such as the World Wide Web offers a potentially useful environment within which to build a multimedia repository for rich, explicit knowledge. Input is captured by forms for assigning various labels, categories, and indices to each unit of knowledge. The structure is flexible enough to create knowledge units, indexed and linked using categories that reflect the structure of the contextual knowledge and the content of factual knowledge of the organization, displayed as flexible subsets via dynamically customizable views.


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