Summary of Learning to Fly

Practical Lessons from One of The World's Leading Knowledge Companies

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Learning to Fly book summary
Knowledge management in a nutshell: Learning things you don’t even know you don’t know.


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8 Applicability

8 Innovation

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The knowledge management craze may be passing right before our eyes, but Chris Collison and Geoff Parcell do a good job explaining what’s behind all the hype. Although a bit dry in tone, the authors manage to capture the critical elements of KM and explain the whys and hows as they relate to individual businesses. Despite a somewhat sterile presentation, recommends this book as a thorough introduction to knowledge management theory and practice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • The basic principals of knowledge management;
  • Fundamental theories about learning, and
  • How to implement a knowledge management system in your company.


Knowledge Management
The primary challenge in today’s business world boils down to this: Deliver more - and do it with fewer resources. Sharing knowledge by using and adapting what others have already learned is a fundamental way to reach this goal. While many individuals and companies...
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About the Authors

Chris Collison leads British Petroleum’s efforts in knowledge technology and personal productivity. He has written or contributed to many articles in publications and daily newspapers. Chris Geoff Parcell has had a diverse career at British Petroleum, working worldwide in positions from geophysicist to facilitator. He now leads the company’s operations initiative.

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