The Nonsense of Knowledge Management by T.D. Wilson
The author obviously enjoys himself while poking holes in the pipedreams of consultants who continuously recycle old material with new labels:
...those papers that seriously address the question of whether knowledge can be managed generally conclude that it cannot and that the topic breaks down into the management of information and the management of work practices.
The author shows the fallacy of Nonaka's descriptions of converting tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge. (You can't know the unknowable.)
The author searches the empires of Microsoft, the World Bank, Accenture, McKinsey, E&Y, D&T, Cap Gemini, IBM, Pricewaterhousecoopers (what a mouthful), et alia, inevitably finding the emperor unclothed.
Communities of practice? Most corporations are too short-sighted for them:
This cracks me up. I only regret that Tom beat me to the punch:
If this article gets you fired up, pro or con, it ends with a discussion board where you can wrangle with the authors and others.
Extra points: Do you know your ass from your elbow?
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