The value and impact of Knowledge Sharing and collaboration

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Original Message

From: Romana Benisch, posted on 2009/10/11

Hello everybody,

I have been pursuing for quite some time now an initiative that advocates for the importance of knowledge sharing, collaboration and cultural change. However, I admittedly often find myself confronted with ignorance and the same frustrating questions: "Why is this necessary?" "What is the value for us?" "What impact does this have on the daily work?"

People certainly would not ask these questions if they were interested in being part of the process which also links me to what George mentioned in his email about "putting students to work on the knowledge management which takes place around them, in the system they are part of". As we all know, unfortunately the concept of KM and KS is still seen as an abstract something that raises a lot of scepticism especially among those people who are not and who do not want to be actively involved in the knowledge sharing process.

To be better prepared for my "educational work" I would need your advice and experience:

I would like to ask you if you could share with me examples, stories, case studies which clearly show the sustainable value and impact of collaboration and knowledge sharing activities in your organizations. Your contributions would certainly help overcome one of the limitations which I am facing if it comes to convincing people of the necessity for sharing knowledge and collaboration.


All replies in full are available in the discussion page. Contributions received with thanks from:

Romana Benisch
Barbara Fillip
Nadejda Loumbeva
Lawrence Wasserman
Jaap Pels
Viktor Markowski
Frank Ryan
Mark Hammersley
Natalie Campbell
Simone Staiger-Rivas
Speranza Ndege
Kim Tucker
Wini Dagli
Steve Katz
Roxanna Samii
Josef Hofer-Alfeis
Tony Pryor
Peter J. Bury
Pete Cranston
George de Gooijer
Ben Ramalingam
Sebastiao Ferreira

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