Managing the dimensions of tacit knowledge

[German title: Die Dimensionen des stillen Wissens handhaben]

Title: Fostering innovation by unlearning tacit knowledge 
Author(s): Miroslav Rebernik, Karin Širec 
Journal: Kybernetes 
ISSN: 0368-492X 
Year: 2007 Volume: 36 Issue: 3/4 Page: 406 – 419 
DOI: 10.1108/03684920710747039 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate the problems of managing tacit knowledge and the importance of unlearning it. As the main problem of managing tacit knowledge lies in the fact that it escapes observation and measurement, an adequate framework that would make some dimensions of tacit knowledge visible has to be developed.
Design/methodology/approach – On the basis of literature surveys the authors discuss several types of knowledge and issues related to sharing, learning and, most importantly, unlearning obsolete tacit knowledge dimensions.
Findings – To overcome the perpetual elusiveness of tacit knowledge is presented a framework that could help highlight dimensions of tacit knowledge that can be mobilized and observed through the manifestation of different behaviour. It is partly possible to make explicit some dimensions of tacit knowledge that not only contribute to successful sharing and mutual learning, but also enable the identification of those parts of knowledge that hinder innovation and should be unlearned. The better one’s understanding of the process of creating and using new knowledge and discarding obsolete knowledge, the more likely it is that organizations will foster innovative behaviour in organizations.
Originality/value – Introduced insight is important in understanding the importance of the distinctive requirements of knowledge management related to managing tacit dimensions. In the turbulent and ever-changing business environment, tacit knowledge dimensions grow obsolete very rapidly and hinder innovation processes, so ways of un-learning this obsolete knowledge have to be found. 

Keywords: Cybernetics, Innovation, Knowledge management 

Article Type: Research paper 

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