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The Knowledge Organization

- what are the characteristics of a knowledge organization? - how is different from the hierarchical model? - what are examples of a hierachical model, a knowledge organization model, and a hybrid of hierarchical/knowledge model?

In a hierarchical model, power flows down from the top, from those who are presumed to be wiser. While that may have been a requirement when technology did not allow for information to be freely and accurately shared, such organizations are becoming more and more anachronous. Indeed, now that better means of sharing knowledge and directing resources are available, continue reliance upon such organizational structures imposes needless risk upon the community at large.

Generation of Value

- what is "value" for a knowledge organization? - how does one create value?

Risk-related Strategies

- One strategy is risk-management: drives out variation in the system - What value does a risk-management approach provide? - Another strategy is risk-creation: brings new connections into the system creating turbulence - how does one create risk, and what happens when one does?

Support Mechanisms to take Risks

- Learning: which one - outcome-based or behavior-based? - What are the impacts of an outcome and behavior based learning approach? - Trust: which one - externally provided (structure/design) or internally generated? - What are the characteristics of internally generated trust, and how can this be achieved?

Cultural Change

- How/when does the benefit of knowledge creation and sharing outweigh the loss/cost of losing (fill in the blank)? - What adoption strategies can be used for introducing new technologies, process or behaviors? - How can one think about top-down and bottom-up approaches?

About Crowdsourcing

The crowdsourcing phenomenon is not a new one in the KM world. Collaboration and teaming on projects has been experimented with, refined in, and made a staple of many knowledge organizations.


The Networked Book by Ben Vershbow in Forbes 12.01.06 12:00 PM ET viewed December 5, 2006 at [1]

Experimentation in crowdsourcing on the internet

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