New poll for sikmleaders: Definition of KM #poll #definition


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Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
sikmleaders group:

Would the field of KM (knowledge management) benefit from having a generally accepted definition of what it (KM) is and the benefits it aims to bring about?

o Yes - a common definition would be helpful
o No - I don't think a common definition is needed
o I don't really care - I have my own definition and that's all I need to be successful with my clients
o Maybe - depends on the circumstance.
o KM?


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Gent, Andrew <andrew.gent@...>
 

>>A new poll has been created for the sikmleaders group:

A poll is an interesting idea. But I see two difficulties with this particular poll:

1.  The wording of the responses has a particular bias to it. The two key answers are Yes or No. but the poll is more directive and I cannot agree with either answer. If I had a choice, my answer would be "No - it is not possible to create a meaningful and generally-accepted definition of KM". "Not possible" is distinctly different from the poll answer that  says one isn't "needed"...

2. Polls can tell you if there is a majority (or plurality), but almost never tell you that there is a consensus. And Dave Snowden's recent postings indicate that a consensus doesn't exist. So polling for a "generally accepted" definition is problematic....

Andrew Gent
Lead Knowledge Architect
HP Services Consulting & Integration
1.603.888.0370

 

 


Tom Short <tom.short@...>
 

Not sure what "possibility" has to do with it - that was not the
question. The question is: would a definition be useful?

Analagously, we could also ask, "Would room-temperature fusion be
useful?" Answering "yes" does not commit one to believing in its
possibility, merely in its utility.

Concensus? Undoubtably not. Level of energy within the group to
pursue something? We shall see.

--- In sikmleaders@yahoogroups.com, "Gent, Andrew" <andrew.gent@...>
wrote:

1. The wording of the responses has a particular bias to it. The
two
key answers are Yes or No. but the poll is more directive and I
cannot
agree with either answer. If I had a choice, my answer would
be "No - it
is not possible to create a meaningful and generally-accepted
definition
of KM". "Not possible" is distinctly different from the poll answer
that
says one isn't "needed"...

2. Polls can tell you if there is a majority (or plurality), but
almost
never tell you that there is a consensus. And Dave Snowden's recent
postings indicate that a consensus doesn't exist. So polling for a
"generally accepted" definition is problematic....

Andrew Gent
Lead Knowledge Architect
HP Services Consulting & Integration
1.603.888.0370