Summary of The Knowledge Activist's Handbook

Adventures from the Knowledge Trenches

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The Knowledge Activist's Handbook book summary
Manage knowledge actively for time, speed and innovation. As for competition, beware — proprietary know-how is fleeting.

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7 Overall

8 Applicability

9 Innovation

3 Style

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Author Victor Newman sets out to demystify knowledge management, strip away the jargon and offer a clear, useful guide to integrating emotions and logic practically. His information is random, bouncy with unconnected - though interesting - anecdotes, mostly in the first person. The author didn’t assemble his thoughts in a very orderly way, given that this is more of a notebook than a book, but he comes through with punchy, tight chapters and a rare sense of humor. Most writing about knowledge management is tedious and academic. This book aims to break that pattern. It’s a collection of personal stories, because knowledge management is, after all, a personal enterprise. As a notebook, this publication has both utility and merit. Newman offers valid criticisms of current knowledge management practices, and suggests some modes of thought and some useful readings. Sequence isn’t the priority here, content is. You will find nuggets of useful knowledge management lore and counsel. getAbstract.com recommends keeping the book handy and dipping in often for a helping hand. This notebook is like any other set of knowledge: you’ll have to manage it a bit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to create knowledge
  • How to manage knowledge based on a strategic combination of emotion and thought
  • How knowledge can build your company’s value
 

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Conceptual Understanding
Knowledge activists must be unreasonable nonconformists who pull disparate fragments together to create something valuable, thus fulfilling a business need. Most business managers try to solve the same knowledge management problems in the same way, always moving...
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About the Author

Victor Newman, Chief Learning Officer of the European Pfizer Research University in Sandwich, England, invented the "SuperKnowledge," "Predator" and "Barefoot" approaches to knowledge management.


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