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on personal productivity in knowledge-intensive environments, weblog research, knowledge management, PhD, serendipity and lack of work-life balance...


  Tuesday, June 25, 2002

  How to Create a Culture of Innovation

One more post by Riva Gianluca

...the most current concept of innovation see it as "interactive", that is interaction between the passions and interests of people, organizational flexibility and a series of weak and strong connections between the organization at hand external institutions.

People are more creative and innovative when they can look into something they like and they care for, therefore a firm should try to couple personal freedom and organizational flexibility.

...people learn informally when they can look into something they like and they care for... I definetely want to take time to look how informal learning and innovation are connected.

For istance Oticon managed to rescue a serious crisis and to become truly innovative by seizing functional boundaries and building a project-based structure, in which:

  1. People can choose the project they work with
  2. People can work for more than a project at a time
  3. People can give up a project when they like
  4. People are assessed by a mentor outside the group, they can choose such a mentor and even change their if they're not satisfied at the assessment...

Adding to the list :)

More on: innovation 

  Pitfalls of first generation KM

Post by Riva Gianluca:

...there are five problematic aspects which have been overlooked by first generation KM:

1)The concept of Best Practice. The usual idea of KM was that of Best Practice shared through databases. As a matter of fact, a Best Practice cannot be learned just because it's stored in a Database. Learning is a gradual phenomenon, it requires human efforts and time, and a similar language and background between the teacher and the learner. A best practice is a social practice implemented by certain people in a certain organization in a certain environment. That is, a Best Practice is interaction between human/organizational/environmental elements, and this interaction is situated and idiosincratic, it cannot be transferred by Databases.

Can we find the way to get those who created a Best Practice as teachers? And then think how technology can help?

4) The concept of knowledge worker is ambiguous. As a matter of fact is often a matter of organizational strategy (for istance empowerment) rather than intrinsic qualities of people. People are knowledge workers if a firm allows them to think, rather than building techno-elites that can generate resistance and exclusionary mechanisms

As my mother says - "the sun is hidden in everybody" :) So, then we should think about the ways of releasing this sun... Comparing to a classroom - all students can score high if you believe in their capabilities and support their growth.

Allowing people to think at first is a question of trust and believes, and only then right strategy and interventions.

More on: KM 

  Monday, June 24, 2002

  Tools functionality to support learning

From Understanding KM tools discussion at brint:

What tool functionality helps most with accelerated learning in your experience? (question from Denham)

I would suggest to build on adult learning theory (e.g. The Adult Learner: The Definitive Classic in Adult Education and Human Resource Development) and to look from learner's perspective:

1. accessing knowledge gap (What I need to learn? Why?)
2. finding a good way to learn (strategy + resources; e.g. Should I go for a course or join a community?)
3. implementing (using learning strategy and resources to gain expertise)
4. evaluating (Did I learn it?)

In terms of functionalities this means:

1. competency/knowledge assessment; awareness of ogranisational targets, priorities and rewards for learning

2. knowledge mapping (two parts - a. Where I can find knowledge? and b. Where I can find a facilitator for learning this type of knowledge? ); learning planning tools (strategy? sequence?)

3. (based on variety of learning methods) e.g. tutorials, simulations, tools for practice, reflection, sharing, discussion...

4. assessment tools

Then there is a question about the responsibility for learning and degree of facilitation. I would distinguish between formal and informal/incidential learning.

Formal learning is the one with primary responsibility of an organisation (e.g. training course). In this case there are smart professionals (instructional designers, trainers) who know how to support learning cycle and who are responsible for selecting right tools.

Informal learning is something that all people do naturally, on purpose (=self-directed learning) or by occasion (=incidential learning). In this case you need more support for learner's decision-making about his learning process. May be we can think about tools that smart enough to support it :) Here I would think about "personal KM tools", K-logs for example.


PS This is some rough ideas: I'm starting a PhD to look more specifically into functionalities to support informal learning :)

  Friday, June 21, 2002

  Ok, it's time to explain why

This is a long story :)  Once upon a time...

I was looking for something to share my life with my family and friends. Most of them are far enough to rely on Internet, but I'm too lazy to build a web-site.

I was also looking for something to make my learning easier. I had so many notes on pieces of paper, in files, in yellow outline of print-outs, in books, in collections of links of references, in my head... I needed one point access for collecting those notes, relating them, reflecting, sharing and discussing.

Then I saw livejournal. That was "Aha!".

Then I read grassroot KM through blogging at elearningpost. That was enough to start looking for use of blogs for learning and knowledge management and to get ready to start one.

The name came two days ago from brief about matemagenic processing:

In the mid-1960's, Rothkopf (1965, 1966), investigating the effects of questions placed into text passages, coined the term mathemagenic, meaning "to give birth to learning."

I can't think about better title...

More on: blog new KM&learning 

   I was thinking for a long time to start... Finally I did :)

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