Trends in Organizational Learning concept LO29358

From: Vana Prewitt (
Date: 10/18/02

Replying to LO29351 --

AM de Lange wrote:
(referring to Ben Franklin)

> But already as a teenager he realised that the study of books is
> not enough. He gathered friends together who also loved to read
> books. He convinced them that they should gather regularly and
> talk about the books which they have studied.

And I think this also reflects the best practices of current methods for
OL. Some information is documented to make sure the explicit material
doesn't get away and people maintain a flow of the tacit understandings as
they share, discuss, reminisce.

> Vana, you wrote that managers should document corporate wisdom.
> I think that Franklin would have added that managers and their
> subordinates must held a dialogue on that document, keep on
> shaping it until full concensus has been reached. The document
> would remain to be dead forever, but after that dialogue it is the
> living knowledge in each participant which matters. This is how
> corporate wisdom is kept alive.

Yes, we are saying the same thing. Both oral and written forms have value
and work best when interdependent for capturing and transferring
organizational knowledge and wisdom.


Vana Prewitt


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