Knowledge and Information LO30725

From: chris macrae (
Date: 10/18/03

Replying to LO30719 --

The question that interests me most in this area would be something

In how many ways could a learning organization 'value multiply'
knowledge and its productivities?

You may want to reword this question but I am aiming to help us see a
cardinal sin of late 20th century management/economics: namely that only
the organisation produces value (or worse the organisation has the right
to extract knowledge to own value)

This is a sin in my view because it sucks the humanity out of
organisation systems as well as being an immense lie. At least it's a
lie if like me you see most creativity beginning with people (or
Drucker's knowledge worker). It is then amplified by the work patterns a
person accesses. It is then amplified by the network of a person. Only
next does the organisation come in as a multiplier and aligner of
purpose and investments towards unique vision. We also have as higher
level value multipliers: networks of organisations, and society which in
most nations invests about a third of all money (our taxes) in
progressing individual learning into knowledge as well as providing
infrastructures for all of the above knowledge to multiply.

To restate my point, wherever an organisation believes it's the only
producer, and owner of knowledge and systemizes arcane measures around
such an assumption, instead of all knowledge openly multiplying, the
organisation blocks everything. This is surely the hallmark of the
unlearning organisation

Chris Macrae,
5 ignorances of organisation design at

Resystemising value maps of organisations as human relationship
infrastructures at


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