Knowledge life cycle? LO26037

From: Ana Neves (
Date: 02/01/01

Hello, everyone!

Create, share, store, evaluate. These are some of the verbs used as phases
of the knowledge cycle. Most authors present their own prespective of this
cycle and each one makes his/her point (welcome, Oblio). Maybe that is why
I always assumed that, in fact, there is a knowledge cycle.

However, I think it was last week, I found myself questioning this
assumption. I think I was trying to draw one knowledge cycle. I was
thinking about the phases I wanted to include and, after deciding on
those, I just couldn't put them in sequence. It was then that I started
questioning the cycle.

In fact, if you say that you create knowledge before you share it, it
makes most sense. But, when you are sharing knowledge you are also
creating it. So, how can you say one comes before the other? And it is
obvious that you can only evaluate something after doing it, but when you
evaluate a knowledge sharing/creation process, you are creating knowledge
at the same time. (Is it just an impression or the creation phase is a
on-going phase, present at every other stage of the knowledge process?)

I picked up some post-it's and tried to arrange them in a way that meant
something to me. I'm still fighting with those post-its, I must confess!
Meanwhile I just wanted to hear your opinions about this.

Best regards,
Ana Neves
Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning in Portuguese

[Host's Note: Thanks Ana. I agree with your comments on "create.. share..
store.. evaluate" as a cycle. And, I'm surprised that there is no spot in
that cycle in which the proposed "knowledge" is used.

I'm convinced there is a learning cycle; I'm used to:
plan.. do.. check.. act (the famous Deming cycle)
or planning.. doing... reflecting.. connecting (based on Kolb's cycle).

Either would be a cycle... Best drawn around a circle to indicate the
cycle. I wish we could do graphics more easily here!



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