Knowledge Networks: Mapping and Measuring Knowledge Creation, Re-use and Flow

The effective utilization of knowledge and learning requires both culture and technology. Explicit information and data can be easily codified, written down, and stored in a data base. For this type of business information we have the necessary skills and more than adequate tools. Yet, simple data is frequently not where competitive advantage is found. An organization’s real edge in the marketplace is often found in complex, context-sensitive, knowledge which is difficult, if not often impossible to codify and store in ones and zeroes. This core knowledge is found in individuals, communities of interest and their connections. An organization’s data is found in its computer systems, but a company’s intelligence is found in its biological and social systems. Computer networks must support the people networks in today’s fluid and adaptive organizations — not the other way around.

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