Saturday, August 10, 2002

Articles : Strategic Leadership :
* Articles include:
- Are You a Strategic Leader?
- Strategic leadership: What makes it different?
- What is strategic leadership?
- Who is a strategic leader?
- How do leaders lead strategically?
- Developing the Strategic Leader: A Personal View
* Go to Strategic Leadership, published by the Center for Creative Leadership in the August edition of the CLL e-Newsletter
* While you are there, checkout the Archive
Article : Briefing Book – Collaboration : By Tom Smith; August 5, 2002 - "In recent months, InternetWeek.com has chronicled all manner of electronic collaboration: from sharing of engineering drawing and specs, to working with partners in order to set, enforce, and execute a procurement strategy aimed at improving the corporate bottom line, to managing the execution of contracts between business partners, to collaborating on inventory requirements across a supply chain … One of the key benefits of such collaboration apps can be seen if one contrasts them with face-to-face collaboration. While the latter type of interaction is invaluable, and a necessary part of doing business, the electronic form enables vital interactions to occur at the same time all relevant data and documentation is available at participants' fingertips. How often do conference-room gatherings deliver those results? Online collaboration is especially valuable in interactions where any deviation from predefined specifications can submarine the desired results. Think of the exchange and management of engineering drawings, and how a centrally accessible database of such drawings can literally allow all partners to get on the same page. That's a powerful concept that can yield a vastly improved business process."
* Content is organized into the following sections: Top Features, News and Trends, and Research and White Papers
* Go to the Briefing Book – Collaboration, published in Internet Week
* Source: Originally encountered on the CoWorking mail list
Presentation : Vision for Knowledge Enhanced Public Sector : By Joe McCrea - "There are 5 foundations on which the Knowledge Enhanced Public Sector rests:
- 'Knowing what you know' - clear and visible analysis of the type, range and location of the information, knowledge and expertise which an organisation collectively holds
- 'Knowing how you know' - clear and visible understanding of the core processes, procedures and activities (formal and informal) whereby an organisation's information, knowledge and expertise is created, used, re-used or lost...;
- 'Knowing who knows' - clear and visible accessibility and maintenance throughout the organisation to the creators, producers, holders and conduits of information, knowledge and expertise..;
- 'Knowing where you know' - clear and visible appreciation and support of the formal and informal communities within and surrounding an organisation where information, knowledge and expertise reside, grow and flourish;
- 'Knowing why you know' - clear and visible comprehension and exploitation of the human and structural interactions and cross-over points which underpin the creation, development, use, frustration and interplay of an organisation's information, knowledge and expertise – internally and with stakeholders."
* Go to Vision for Knowledge Enhanced Public Sector, presented on July 24, 2002 at the Ark Group conference ‘Measuring Knowledge Value’
Report : Impact of Technological and Structural Change on Employment - Prospective analysis 2020 :
By P. Christidis, H. Hernández, J. Lievonen; Published in 2002 - "presents the results of an IPTS/ESTO study for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament. The study examined the role of technology in the economy of the EU and its impacts on employment. The potential impact of new technologies on productivity growth and consumption patterns was estimated using available evidences. These estimates were used as input by two mathematical models to quantify the impact on economic growth and employment under various technology policy scenarios. One of the main findings of the study suggests that a limited increase in R&D spending can lead to a considerable increase in the GDP and employment levels provided that certain complementary measures are implemented. In particular, policy measures in the area of education and training, labour laws and regulation, and incentives for innovation and investment are of special importance."
* Downloadable as a 206-page, 919 KB PDF file
* Go to the Impact of Technological and Structural Change on Employment, published by the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
Technology (for Meeting Rooms) : RoomWizard : "Linking together through web-based software, Wizard Web Signs provide real-time information about meetings, schedules and projects right where you need it. It's an innovative, all-new system that helps you get control of your hectic day … RoomWizard now synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook servers (Exchange version 5.5 and 2000), making Outlook better by displaying meeting information right at the door - rather than buried on a network - so people know they're in the right place at the righttime. Meeting participants can also view a list of invitees. Waiting for the last person to show up for your meeting? Touching the ‘Invitees’ button displays a list of those you invited, and whether they've accepted or declined the meeting … The latest version of RoomWizard also has new features for those who don't sync with Outlook: * Select services like catering, AV equipment or room setup for your meeting. Need to reschedule or cancel your meeting? If you change your room reservation, your service provider is updated automatically - no need to remember to call. / * Get a reminder email of your reservation with a link that lets you cancel your reservation in just two clicks if you no longer need the room. Valuable meeting space won't be wasted. / * Enter a cost center number for billing purposes, for services like catering and AV equipment, and to report on who is using the rooms."
* Go to RoomWizard, the first Web Signs product from Steelecase
* While you are there, checkout the - Knowledge Library

Friday, August 09, 2002

Book : Patents, Citations, and Innovations - A Window on the Knowledge Economy : By Adam B. Jaffe and Manuel Trajtenberg; Published August 2002 - "Innovation and technological change, long recognized as the main drivers of long-term economic growth, are elusive notions that are difficult to conceptualize and even harder to measure in a consistent, systematic way. This book demonstrates the usefulness of patents and citations data as a window on the process of technological change and as a powerful tool for research on the economics of innovation. Patent records contain a wealth of information, including the inventors’ identity, location, and employer, as well as the technological field of the invention. Patents also contain citation references to previous patents, which allow one to trace links across inventions … The book lays out the conceptual foundations for such research and provides a range of interesting applications, such as examining the geographic pattern of knowledge spillovers and evaluating the impact of university and government patenting. It also describes statistical tools designed to handle methodological problems raised by the patent and citation processes. The book includes a CD with complete data on 3 million patents with more than 16 million citations and a range of author-devised measures of the importance, generality, and originality of patented innovations."
* Go to this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indigo
Article : Towards Knowledge-Intensive and Innovative Government :
By Yehezkel Dror - "Issue: Science and technology (S/T) have given humanity the power to radically ‘weave the future’, however uncertain, for better or worse. However, upgrading of governmental decision capabilities has not kept pace. If the resulting increasing incapacity to govern is not overcome, opportunities to use the power of S/T to constructive ends will be missed and calamitous misuses may result. / Relevance: Urgent action to upgrade capacities to govern, with special emphasis on improving decision-making where choices have a considerable impact on the future, is imperative. This involves, inter alia, moving towards knowledge-intensive and innovative government. To achieve these goals, studying governance in new ways is essential."
* Go to Towards Knowledge-Intensive and Innovative Government
Technology : The Future of Technology : * Content is organized into the following sections:
- Tech Frontiers: Our experts get inside genetic software programming, future chip factories, pending security threats, and the ultimate in online games and entertainment.
- Future Fab: When transistors shrink to the near-atomic level, unintended side effects of this molecular tinkering appear and chip making gets weird.
- The Programming Gene: Taking a conceptual page from biology, new programming approaches make what seemed impossible suddenly attainable.
- Artificially Intelligent Security: As the very concept of a hardened perimeter becomes meaningless, software developers turn to early-warning and instant-response systems to protect corporate data.
- The Revolution, Televised: MPEG-4 is a better way to get video into your TV, as well as your cell phone and PDA. In fact, it's the engine behind bitcasting—and all sorts of intriguing future interactive entertainment.
- Lab Tales: What's in technology's future? We spoke to the directors of six major research labs to find out.
- The Future in Gear: Technology lovers take note: We've got the very first look at the prototype products you need to know about.
* Go to The Future of Technology, published in the August edition of PC Magazine
Webinars (Upcoming) : Human Capital Live! : Register for 2 new events:
- September 12 (Thursday)
9:00-10:00am PDT
Knowledge Management in Action: Looking Back and Looking Ahead, presented by Carla O'Dell, President, American Productivity & Quality Center
- October 10 (Thursday)
9:00-10:00am PDT
Cultivating Communities of Practice as Enterprise-Wide Human Capital Strategy, presented by William Snyder and Etienne Wenger
* Go to Human Capital Live!, hosted by Brook Manville, sponsored by Saba
Work : World of Work : "is about people … being mindful in the pursuit of meaningful work … facilitators of Work-Life wholeness and well being through awareness, vision and choice"
* Content is organized into the following categories:
- Begin with You (you are the leader of you), Conscious Leadership (your mindful movements influence others … and yourself), Wakening the Warrior Within (help you help yourself)
- Ask ish, A Story for You, e-Zine, Freedom, Power of Myth and Story, Snippets, and Workplace Culture
- Books, Building a Highway of Hope, Leaders, Myth and Story, Profile, Resources, and Service
* Go to the World of Work

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Article : Serving Knowledge - Seven Insights About Knowledge Management in the IT Service Industry : By Kemal A. Delic - "In IT service industries, KM has the potential to improve business dramatically. KM appears to be not only a principal ingredient of service businesses, but also a key growth factor and profitability denominator. (Review the IBM papers in the Resources list for supporting information.) Some of the most successful companies in the IT services industry include Cisco Systems Inc., Microsoft, and IBM Global Services. Cisco built a $12 billion business in 10 years, starting in 1988-89. Microsoft built a $20 billion business in 24 years. IBM Global Services built a $30 billion business in nine years. Such inflection points could not possibly have happened without a focus on knowledge management … In this article, I will outline the most typical approach to enterprise KM (EKM), as well as sketch generic EKM architecture and provide insight through practical EKM deployments with the IT services sector. I will conclude with commentary on EKM's future role and perspectives within the IT service industry"
* Go to Serving Knowledge, published in the August release of IntelligentKM
* While you are there, checkout the IntelligentKM Forum
Report : How to Predict the Future of Just About Anything : Published in 2002 - "The best way to invent the future is to predict it … Why make predictions about the future if they are not certain to come true? There are a number of reasons:
1. Making predictions about the future will stimulate your imagination, enlarge your scope of thought and expand the limits of what you think possible.
2. Making predictions about the future will provoke the people around you.
3. Making predictions about the future—if they are bold enough—will motivate you and the people around you to take action, either to bring about that predicted future, to take advantage of the implications of that predicted future, or to avert that predicted future.
4. Making predictions about the future will help you earn more money by capitalizing on your vision of future developments. You can do this in several ways, including creating the products and services that will be needed as a result of the developing future.
5. Making bold predictions is the first step to changing the future (so it is more the way you want it to be.)
There are three basic steps to thinking about and predicting the future:
1. Trend Identification
2. Trend Extension
3. Future Storytelling"
* “Free with your subscription to Paul Lemberg's ‘Business Strategy Newsletter’. Paul is the author of Faster Than the Speed of Changeand the forthcoming book, ‘How to Predict The Future of Just About Anything’
* Downloadable as a 22-page, 278 KB PDF file
* Go to How to Predict the Future of Just About Anything
Self-assessment (Work Behaviour and Motivation) : Self-assessment Questionnaires : "The questionnaires in this section provide detailed reports that are normally only available to large organisations … The reports help identify key points relating to work behaviour and motivation, and indicate possibilities for self-development. This information can also be of value when making decisions concerning future career direction … Each report is based on the individual's responses to the items presented. Specific dimensions are covered by each questionnaire, highlighting different aspects of behaviour, motivation and performance."
* Three questionnaires are available:
- Team Preferences Questionnaire (Time: approx 10 mins): "looks at your interactions with others at work and your priorities in a group environment. It then compares your answers to eight different roles, each of which has different strengths and weaknesses."
- Global Executive Profile (Time: approx 20 mins): "The report highlights key aspects of behaviour by looking at a number of dimensions of an individual's personality and work style"
- Perception, Motivation and Performance Questionnaire (Time: approx 15 mins) : "helps you review the way you think about events at work and how you respond to situations. It also takes account of wider issues that might affect job satisfaction or contribute to work-related stress"
* Go to the Self-assessment Questionnaires
* The Self-assessments are provided courtesy of Economist.com and Whitehead Mann
Teamwork : virtualTEAMWORKS.com : "Our company builds virtual teams, develops global leaders, and trains electronic facilitators. We use our unique brand of internet experiential learning and your choice of online communication technologies … Rather than hold meetings and simply talk about teamwork, our programs present virtual teams with the chance to practice these teamwork processes through Experiential Learning … Experiential learning is a cycle of action, reflection, integration, and continuation using custom exercises, activities, or simulations. These experiences are sufficiently different from work in order to constrain old behaviors, while are also metaphorically similar enough to work so as to allow new learning to transfer back to the job."
* Content is organized into the following categories:
- Evidence (benefits, case studies, cost savings, research and testimonials)
- Offerings (philosophy, services, products, support and programs)
- Downloads (group homework, participant survey, client photographs, ebooks and software)
- Organization (about us, partners, customers, facilitators and languages)
* View the TOUR: (team bonding, team insight, team-building, & team renewal)
* Take the VTP: (technology, teamwork, barriers, interactions & challenges)
* Go to virtualTEAMWORKS.com
Technology : My View - Naked Technology : By George F. Colony, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Forrester; Published August 2002 - "I’ve been analyzing technology spending in Global 3,500 companies for more than 20 years. One dynamic has remained consistent: Many companies spend on technology and fail to generate returns or positive impact on their business. Paradoxically, they expend time and money and increase confusion and pain … This disconnect accelerated in the years 1998 to 2000, when large companies engaged in a historic tech orgy. Forrester has calculated that the tech overspend in that period was $65 billion in the US alone ... But companies continually deploy naked technology. Why?"
* Go to My View - Naked Technology

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Article : Online Mission Statements - Briefly Stated : By George S. Cole - "The mission statement serves an important role in an organization, as a statement of both information and guidance. Academic organizations are often required to have a mission statement, due to the rules of regulatory and oversight bodies. An analysis of the online mission statements, of a select group of colleges of business, finds a degree of simplicity in the structure of those mission statements. The primary source of information for this study is the World Wide Web."
* Go to Online Mission Statements - Briefly Stated, published in the August 5th edition of First Monday
Books : business-minds.com : "home for what to know, who to read and where to go in a world of business thinking. Here you can connect with the latest thinking from some of the world's leading business minds, and sharpen your own business mind with new ideas and solutions … We can also deliver new ideas directly to your desktop. Just sign up for Business Minds Express, a monthly management newsletter, delivering an infusion of thought leadership, new business practice and reviews of key business books, magazines, sites and personalities. There are also four more newsletters covering business, finance and education management."
* Be sure to participate in the Guru Zone – Ask a business guru a question, or, Answer a business guru’s question
* Go to business-minds.com
* Interested in becoming an author? Checkout AuthorMinds
eBulletin : American Society for Information Science and Technology Bulletin : August/September 2002 – Special Section on Knowledge Management
* Articles include:
- Knowledge Management, by Beverly Colby, Mary J. Durham, Kris Liberman
- Knowledge Management: The Collaboration Thread, Patti Anklam
- Scientific Collaboratories: Evaluating their Potential, by Diane H. Sonnenwald, Mary C. Whitton and Kelly L. Maglaughlin
- Process of Knowledge Building in Educational Departments, by Abhijit Rao
* Go to the Bulletin
Technology (Whiteboard) : Interplanetary Collaboration :
By David Propson; Published – August 5, 2002 - "Getting scientists to work together can resemble herding (very smart) cats. NASA hopes high-tech white boards will make it happen … NASA’s Ames Research Center has adapted the Blueboard, a prototype electronic white board developed by IBM at its Silicon Valley-based Almaden Research Center. Ames calls its version MERBoard, from the acronym for Mars Exploration Rover."
* Go to Interplanetary Collaboration, published in Technology Review
* Checkout IBM’s coverage of the MERBoard
Webinar (Upcoming) : "Overload" or "Under Use"? Unlocking Your Treasure Trove of Information : To be held Wednesday August 28, 2002, 8:00 AM PST - "Most businesses think that they are suffering information ‘overload’. Think again. Chances are, most of the information they spend millions creating or purchasing is underutilized. Why? Because it is locked up in hard to manage and difficult to reuse ‘unstructured’ data such as email, PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, Word documents and Web pages. Studies show that enterprise workers spend up to two hours per day looking for information, and usually they can't find what they need to get their jobs done. This lost productivity costs businesses billons per year!"
* Register for Unlocking Your Treasure Trove of Information

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Article : IT Workers on Way to Joining Unions? : "The unrelenting hailstorm of IT bankruptcies, layoffs and hiring freezes has begun to breathe a bit of life into an idea that, not too long ago, would have seemed about as likely as a spam-free in-box: unions for IT pros. Nobody has numbers on how many IT workers are joining unions nationally or globally. And few, if any, IT shops in the United States are fully unionized today. Still, with IT pros worried more than ever about job security and falling salaries, union representatives report that their phones have been ringing off the hook … the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, or WashTech, a Seattle-based organization of high-tech workers and the local affiliate of the Communications Workers of America, in June posted its single-highest level of monthly member recruitment to date. WashTech has 250 members who pay dues of $120 a year and a subscriber list of 1,700 … Alliance@IBM, formed in 1999, now represents about 5,000 out of some 120,000 IBM workers in the United States … What does union membership do for IT workers, besides take membership fees out of their pockets? … Still, resistance to unions among IT pros persists"
* Go to IT Workers on Way to Joining Unions?, published on August 5th in eWeek
Book (Review) : Social Thinking-Software Practice : Reviewed by Paul Duguid - "Social Thinking -- Software Practice is the outcome of a three-year joint effort to address the gap between social science and software practice. Given the task, the 21 essays by 34 authors are suitably multidisciplinary. Authors come from departments of accounting, anthropology, computer science, design, engineering, informatics/information, library science, media, sociology, software engineering, and ‘space and virtuality.’ The book is also suitably international. The collaboration began in Germany in 1999, traveled to Aarhus, and concluded in Copenhagen the following year. The authors, multinational but with a clear Scandinavian tilt, reflect this border-hopping. They come from Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. Divided into five parts with catchy, if not always wholly appropriate names (Deconstructing, Informing, Grounding, Organizing and Reorienting), the book called to mind a train in the way it takes time to get its variously coupled parts and disparate passengers under way. For me, it particularly recalled a London Underground train. People familiar with those trains will recognize the caution (puzzling to many Americans) to ‘Mind the gap,’ barked at passengers as they get on or off. Social Thinking -- Software Practice invites us, both directly and indirectly, to look out for, ‘bridge,’ and even take advantage of a variety of different gaps in the course of its journey."
* Go to Social Thinking-Software Practice, published in Ubiquity – an ACM publication
Innovation : The Big Idea Group : "Managing change is always a challenge. The ability to anticipate trends and keep on top of the innovation curve is what distinguishes successful businesses … Big Idea Group (BIG) was created to help both inventors and corporations meet the innovation challenge. We are dedicated to partnering with innovators and companies to identify, develop and bring to market innovative ideas. BIG can assist you at every step of the innovation process with our suite of services, from trend research to innovation searches to product development."
* Checkout their Big Scoop Newsletter
* Read about the Harvard Business School case study – What’s the BIG Idea
* Go to The Big Idea Group
Innovation : The Innovative Enterprise - Turning Ideas Into Profits : The August special issue from Harvard Business Review
* Table of Content:
FEATURE ARTICLES
- Creativity Under the Gun, by Teresa M. Amabile, Constance N. Hadley, and Steven J. Kramer
- The Failure-Tolerant Leader, by Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes
- Breaking Out of the Innovation Box, by John D. Wolpert
BEST OF HBR
- The Discipline of Innovation, by Peter F. Drucker
- Research That Reinvents the Corporation, by John Seely Brown
- Tough-Minded Ways to Get Innovative, by Andrall E. Pearson
- Organizing for Innovation: When Is Virtual Virtuous?, Henry W. Chesbrough and David J. Teece
- Creativity Is Not Enough, Theodore Levitt
FORETHOUGHT
- Search Parties: Outsource the Hunt for Ideas
- How to Kill a Team's Creativity
- Innovation, Inc.: A Conversation with Pixar's Ed Catmull
- When Social Capital Stifles Innovation
HBR CASE STUDY
- The Sputtering R&D Machine
VOICES
- Inspiring Innovation
IN CLOSING
- Stumbling into Brilliance
* Go to The Innovative Enterprise
Work : Winning Workplaces : "is a not-for-profit providing information, training, ideas, consulting, and easy-to-use, affordable tools to help small and midsize organizations create great workplaces. The business experience of our founders and evidence from other companies prove that people-friendly workplaces produce better business results"
* Content is organized into the following categories: Building Blocks (Trust, Respect, and Fairness; Open Communications; Rewards and Recognition; Learning and Development; Teamwork & Involvement; Work/Life Balance), Forum, Library (A clearinghouse of ideas, success stories, books, articles, and more), Services and Tool Kits
* Go to Winning Workplaces
* Source: Originally encountered on the IKMF mail list

Monday, August 05, 2002

Article : A Clear Picture of Focus Groups : By Bill Shackelford - "Focus groups are a facilitated session designed to obtain valuable information about a proposed product or service. The focus group is a relatively quick, inexpensive method of gathering requirements for the final product, especially when coupled with prior research into overall business goals and performance objectives for e-learning participants. Traditional need assessments can provide invaluable inputs into the preliminary focus group and help ensure that the focus group results lead to a successful e-learning product."
* Go to A Clear Picture of Focus Groups, published in the August edition of Learning Circuits
Article : Change, Easier Said than Done : By Cherian George - "What makes some businesses sprout, grow, adapt, and succeed, while most never get off the ground? Researchers in the growing field of organizational ecology say it is not enough to study the companies that thrive. Answers lie in the stories of failure."
* Go to Change, Easier Said than Done, published in the August edition of Stanford Business
Book : Learning to Change - A Guide for Organizational Change Agents : By Leon De Caluwe, Hans Vermaak, and Leon De Caluwe; Published August 2002 - "provides a comprehensive overview of organizational change theories and practices developed by both U.S. and European change theorists. The authors compare and contrast different approaches to planned change and discuss in detail the steps change agents take, such as diagnosis, change strategy, the intervention plan, and interventions. In addition, they explore the attributes of a successful change agent and provide advice for career and professional development. The book includes case studies that describe multiple approaches to organizational change issues."
* Table of Contents: Why Change is so Complicated / Thinking About Change in Five different Colors / The Main Elements of Planning Change / From Idea to Outcomes / Examples of Diagnostic Models / Examples of Intervention
* Go to this book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Webinar (Upcoming) : The Leader’s Voice : To be held on Thursday, August 15th, 9-10 AM (PDT); Presented by Boyd Clarke (CEO) and Ron Crossland (Vice Chair) of tompeterscompany! - "The Leader's Voice is backed up by twenty years of communication research. Reviewing over 1,100 examples of leadership communication, and studying the inferences of modern neurological science has led the authors to a simple, stimulating leadership communication model. Leaders, at their best, communicate simultaneously on three channels: Factual, Emotional and Symbolic (FES). Clarke and Crossland demonstrate how FES can be used in public presentations, one-on-one meetings and even via email to enhance a leader’s effectiveness and ability to move his or her constituency to greater conviction, consciousness and competence."
* Register for The Leader’s Voice
* Go to the book bearing the same title at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indigo
Workshop (Proceedings) : Knowledge Management (KM) and International Development - KM Champions in Africa Workshop : "Predictability is a diminishing commodity in today's world. Organisations today are increasingly challenged by both the pace and discontinuity of external change; change that often forces them to rapidly re-orient themselves. In the world of international development, these changes are occurring in a variety of spheres from the political to the commercial to the environmental and from local to global in scale. Worse still, this is occurring in the context of a shrinking resource base for development assistance … Knowledge Management (KM) refers to a body of practices that have emerged from the corporate world to assist organisations in coping with the pace of change. KM is based on a recognition that what makes organisations unique, what allows them to add value, is the combined knowledge and expertise of the people that make up the organisation. This recognition has lead to the development of tools and methods to help to mobilize organisational knowledge rapidly and effectively … A hoped for outcome of the workshop will be the development of a community of African KM change agents working in development. The role of this community would be to provide an environment in which people engaged in organisational change and knowledge management in African institutions and networks can share experience and give mutual support on an ongoing basis."
* Available materials include:
- KM Overview
- Before, During, and After Learning
- Communities of Practice
- Storytelling
- KM and Technology
- Getting Buy-in
- Knowledge Management within the Departtment of Communcations
- Rapporteur's Report
- The Storytelling Process
- KM Story - Cynthia's Story br>- KM Story - Frog and Bird
- KM Story - Mozambique and ICTs
- KM Story - Mozambique Trees
- KM Story - SA Brain Drain
- KM Story - Tanzania ISP
* Go to KM Champions in Africa Workshop

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Article : The Neurological Scratchpad - Looking Into Working Memory :
By Kumar Narayanan - "[The] simple process of remembering things for a short period of time happens every day of our lives; it is fundamental to our experience of the world. Memory over a short period of time, called 'working memory', has generated much interest recently both because of its importance to many higher brain functions and the evolution of powerful techniques to study brain processes, such as PET and fMRI. Based on these techniques, scientists can pursue exciting questions about the neural underpinnings of working memory."
* Go to The Neurological Scratchpad, published by BrainConnection.com
Awards : The 13th Annual Discover Magazine Awards for Innovation in Science and Technology :
"Five revolutionaries who changed the world - The wunderkind is a romantic figure in science, a young hotshot who skateboards into a discipline, turns everyone's idea of reality upside down, and reveals the stodginess of conventional thinking. Gifted young researchers truly are a driving energy in science, and we like to give them their due. But geniuses are geniuses and innovators are innovators, regardless of age. This year the five scientists chosen to receive the 13th Annual Discover Magazine Awards for Innovation are not wunderkinds, but they are revolutionaries, people of vision who have changed their fields irrevocably. The youngest is 47. The oldest, a 76-year-old aeronautics engineer, is planning to requalify for his pilot's license. None of them ever stops dreaming. They are not satisfied with the newest and the most extraordinary. Imagination, not youth, powers them. Experience, not adrenaline, fires their neurons. They are contradictions in a society that places such high value on being forever young. These days, when a worker hits 50, it's not unusual for an employer to start nudging him toward the door, often escorting out the very brainpower that keeps the enterprise competitive. Today you couldn't do cutting-edge science without the innovations these guys thought up, and that's why we think they're keepers."
* Award categories: Aerospace, Communications, Computing, Energy and Medicine
* Go to the Awards for Innovation in Science and Technology, published in the July edition of Discovery magazine
Book : How Organizations Learn
(2nd Edition) :
By Heyderman, Ken Starkey, Sue Tempest, and Alan McKinlay; Published August 2002 - "Organizational learning is a crucial factor in business success. This clear and concise book forms a complete guide to this subject, looking at how organizations learn as groups and highlighting the importance of managing a company's knowledge alongside its other resources. Now in its second edition, How Organizations Learn gathers key readings by renowned international authors and gives readers a comprehensive introduction to the topic, helping them to understand and manage the challenge of organizational learning … Issues covered include: The link between leadership and learning The impact of organizational structure and management processes upon learning The sources of learning and knowledge-creation within an organization … The new edition features additional readings, new case studies and references and overview summaries of each chapter."
* Table of Contents: Part I - Strategy as a learning process / Introduction / The knowledge-creating company, Ikujiro Nonaka / Beyond the rational model, Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman Jr / Beyond the cowboy and the corpocrat, Rosabeth Moss-Kanter / The purposing of high performing systems, Peter B Vaill / Skilled incompetence, Chris Argyris / Planning as learning, Arie P de Geus / The dominant logic: a new linkage between diversity and performance, C K Prahalad and Richard Betts // Part II - Learning, structure and process / Introduction / Organising for innovation, Michael Tushman and David Nadler / Designing the innovating organisation, Jay R Galbraith / Designing collateral organisations, Ralph H Kilmann / Intelligent technology, intelligent workers: A new pedagogy for the high-tech workplace, Gloria Schuck / Product Development in Ford of Europe: Undoing the past/learning the future, Ken Starkey and Alan McKinlay / Developing the forgotten army: Learning and the top manager, Bill Braddick and David Casey / GE's Crotonville: A staging ground for corporate revolution, Noel M Tichy // Part III - Leadership and the learning process / Introduction / management and the learning process, David A Kolb / The leaders new work: Building learning organisations, Peter M Senge / Organisational learning: The key to management innovation, Ray Stata / Second thoughts on team building, Bill Critchley and David Casey / Crucial gaps in 'the learning organisation': Power, politics and ideology, John Coopey / Executive tourism: The dynamics of strategic leadership in the MNC, Ken Starkey / Top Management teams and organisational renewal, David Hurst, James C Rush and Rod E White.
* Go to this book at Amazon
Colloquium (Executive Briefings) : Creating a Learning Culture - Strategy, Technology, and Practice : Held June 26-28, 2002 - "The Institute sponsored this conversation to allow senior executives to discuss leadership strategies, technologies and techniques and that focus on improving the way people work, live, and learn in these turbulent times. Through the event, the Institute explored the intersection of once discreet practices: organizational behavior, intellectual capital development, social learning, talent management, and leading people, their skills, their knowledge, and their careers in a truly human-centric way."
* Exective Briefings include:
- Creating a Learning Culture, by Marcia L. Conner and James G. Clawson
- May I Have Your Attention, Please?, by Charles Sieloff
- Learning by Doing: Getting Faster Every Lap, by Jack Ring
- Coaching for Culture Change, by Brenda Wilkins
- Why Communities Are Vital to Learning, by Rich Persaud and Gretchen Lee
- Evolutionary Learning at Revolutionary Speeds, by Joel Getzendanner
- The Value of Learning About Learning, Jay Cross and Clark Quinn
* (Downloadable in PDF format)
* Go to Creating a Learning Culture - Exective Briefings, hosted by the Batten Institute at the Darden Graduate Business School
* Source: Originally encountered on the Internet Time Group update page
Report : Technology Counts 2002 – E-Defining Education : "To appreciate how e-learning is changing the landscape of education, you need only look at the numbers. Already, 12 states have established online high school programs and five others are developing them, 25 states allow for the creation of so-called cyber charter schools, and 32 states have e-learning initiatives under way, according to a new Education Week survey of state technology coordinators (‘E-Defining Education: A Survey of State Technology Coordinators’). Meanwhile, the survey shows, 10 states are piloting or planning to administer online testing. Oregon and South Dakota are already using Web-based assessments ... To help educators better understand the benefits and drawbacks of e-learning, Technology Counts 2002—the fifth edition of Education Week's annual 50-state report on educational technology—examines the trend from many different perspectives, beginning with a story that explores one regular high school's increasing use of online classes (‘E-Learning Goes to School’) … As another part of this year's focus on e-learning, the Education Week research team was able to gain an insider's view of online learning, particularly through the eyes of students"
* Go to Technology Counts 2002, provided by Education Week on the Web