If we are going to change the world in ways that empower every human being to make a difference, then it seems pretty certain that social entrepreneurs and their networks will be there to help and guide us. Uniquely, this is an method that has emerged from the grassroots of all the world's regions criss-crossing cultures and other borders - with Bangladesh contributing two of the world's currently most valued social entrepreneurial changes - microfinance 1 2 3 and the world's largest citizen organisation 1 2 3 . If there is any way we can help people in Pakistan explore where social entrepreneurs have already discovered ways of improving humanity's lot in many of the most challenging arenas of life on this earth, please do tell us.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Club of Pakistan- remnants left before Google's 9 Dec meltdown

This month is for insightful KM research emanating in Lahore
Why are we talking about Knowledge Management and why should a developing country like Pakistan care about it ?The business scenario has become very complex and fluid, globalization of business under WTO (World Trade Organization) and developments in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) has increased competition for organizations. Traditional competitive advantages available to the industry like availability of local raw-material or lower labour costs in manufacturing are diminishing.Another important development in the recent times is the increase in global trade in services and high technology products, making “Knowledge embedded” products like pharmaceutical or computer software as major export earning groups in international trade and giving rise to the “Knowledge Economy”.Organizations competing in Knowledge Economy must adopt to position themselves for faster and knowledgeable actions. Role of Information Systems, to act as eyes and years for the management and guiding it in the new horizons seems to be losing ground, a gap has developed, despite the advancements in new hardware, data servers and networking. Investment in “Information Systems” to improve decision making capacity of the management failed to provide the decision support systems needed for the global competition; as no one in entity poses enough knowledge or can gather all the required knowledge to make knowledgeable decisions (Hayek 1945).The biggest challenge for the management is to enhance and utilize its knowledge to its best advantage. The domain of Knowledge Management has emerged as a multi-facet research agenda for addressing this challenge.Old paradigm in which only the top executive in an organization, was supposed to take all decisions, as if only s/he has thinking capabilities can no longer run organizations. All employees at all levels must share their knowledge and their unique prospective for the betterment of the organization.Emergence of Knowledge Economy has elevated status of “Knowledge” to a “strategic advantage” in global businesses, making “ knowledge sharing” as the most critical factor for survival of organizations.Why Should Pakistan worry about it (KM) ?(we have other, rather more urgent things to worry about.)Purpose of Knowledge Management is to gain “competitive advantage” and ultimately reduce operating costs. “Knowledge sharing” would help organizations utilize their knowledge efficiently, improve their managerial ability, and consequently raise their value creating abilityIt is developing countries like Pakistan that need KM most urgently, because underdeveloped countries have limited knowledge resources and we should try to maximize the use of what Knowledge we have.
posted by macrae.nets @ 3:56 AM

5 Comments:
At 9:33 AM, suleman said...
I believe that it was Drucker who said……… it is unfortunate that management is very poor in under-developed countries,…… in contrast to the developed world.Whereas it is the under-developed countries that need good management practices most critically. Knowledge Management (KM) can improve the state of management in under-developed and developing countries alike. (I will post from Chapter 1 here)
At 3:52 AM, macrae.nets said...
HiI have a revolutionary twin wish to map and progress with anyone who wants to explore a context that matters most to them. Can we boldly go:from knowledge to LEARNINGand Beyond ManagementThe point about learning is that it multiplies in use (does NOT get used up). So we can collaborate, go above zero-sum, find networks where the richer world can share with the developing world and both gain, sustain one another with compound network multipliers. I believe this might be such a case one day, particularly as America refuses to believe green oil exists so its rumored Asian countries may do the first big experimentsIn terms of going beyond management : Drucker clarifies that what we know of as management today is only about 100 years old. I believe we need to get to a state of best of:organisation's hierarchypeople's social networks upand learning across boundaries be these collaborations across countries or across industry sectorsAny place that can discover sustainable ways to do all this, will make the way that eg Singapore has developed in the last 50 years of the way China is developing look like a Tortoise. So always questioning KM is, in my view, every discipline's connecting job with each other and the future. Perhaps the fun thing about these futures is there are no experts- only passionate explorers to try and network with.Chris Macrae wcbn007@easynet.co.uk
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At 5:20 AM, suleman said...
We need open culture for cultivating Knowledge SharingI remember an old joke, that we used quote and laugh ,….. it was about socialist USSR, (apologies in advance…if anybody finds it offending… in any way) A person say “John” wanted to live in socialist USSR, he was told by his friends that his liberty in USSR would be very limited and even his mail will be scrutinized by the government.But “John” was a clever fellow, he told his friend that he will visit USSR anyway and if he finds that the place is worth staying permanently , he (John) will write back using “GREEN” ink, but if he finds the restrictions too much he will write a letter in “RED” ink and in that way his friend will know the situation without a word being mentioned.A few days later John’s friend received the much awaited letter, the letter was written in RED ink, apologizing that John could not find GREEN ink to write the letter.It appears that we are in a similar situation……….
At 8:24 AM, macrae.nets said...
You may be interested in this wiki. Its domain in modern jargon is Personal Knowledge Management, though I still prefer Drucker's Knowledge Worker Lingo.What's particularly interesting in this wiki is the current planning of Fringe events to go alongside the official annual convention of KM Europe. Delegates have been demanding more open networking events than just podium audiences sitting in rows. Perhaps the idea that big conferences can also have a Fringe is one to try anywhere we can.

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