Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Assumptions about knowledge

  • Knowledge transfer is good
  • Knowledge transfer happens when people engage
  • Knowledge transfer is a requirement for an effective project, assuming that is is more than a one-off decision.
  • Knowledge is an undefined form of intellectual capital. It could be a discrete focused subject (Czerniawska, 2002 p91) or one-off or needing updating, or something people will read: scope, type of communication, length of time required. See Czerniawska's figure: the 3 dimensions of access to intellectual capital
  • Knowledge is an aspect of uncertainty along with power, but central to management and consultancy (Fincham, 2002)
  • "notion of “knowledge transfer” represents the main prescriptive definition of consultancy." (Fincham, 2002: 70)
  • asymmetrical between management and consultant
  • constructed by some process
  • embodied in some expertise
  • disseminated somehow
So sometimes I'm assuming and sometimes I can find some academic (like Fincham) who's mentioned aspects of knowledge.

Czerniawska, F. (2002) The intelligent client: managing your management consultant, Hodder & Stoughton.
FINCHAM, R. (2002) The Agent's Agent. International Studies of Management & Organization, 32, 67-86.

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