As I reflected upon this week’s readings, I agree with Weinberger (2011) when he argues that knowledge lives in the network because technology is heavily relied upon to answer questions, provide up-to-date news reports, and more. Knowledge, is no longer accessed by a small number, but through technology can be made readily available anyone and everyone. The way in which information is gathered has changed dramatically over time. When I was younger, I recall going to the library and having to learn the Dewey decimal system in order to find the books I wanted.
Now, information is available literally, at one’s fingertips which brings me to a knowledge management. As Dixon (2012) highlighted, knowledge management has transitioned over time.
Knowledge management, is it dead? I think knowledge management is almost dead. Is the internet to blame? Yes, I think the internet is to blame for knowledge management’s slow death. I concur with Davenport’s observation that the internet seems to have a direct impact on knowledge management and its disappearance over time.
Leaders, in today’s world face many challenges when leading others-from managing other people, leading an organization/department, and more. Due to technology’s role in the workforce, leaders must know how to juggle the impact technology has on the organization and staff. Leaders need to be able to know how technology can improve processes and when it may be necessary to consider making adjustments to processes. In regards to knowledge management, leaders must be willing to help with knowledge management when needed. By this, I am referring to the leader being aware of knowledge management and working in conjunction with it. Technology will continue to influence the workforce in one way or another and leaders need to be prepared to juggle both technology with being a leader.
Weinberber, D. (2011). Too big to know: Rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room, New York: NY.