Tim Powell is challenging one of our long-held societal (and organizational management) absolutes.
And there’s no doubt about it: we are immediately drawn in by the title of Tim’s latest post: “Knowledge is Power – NOT!”
Take a look at Competing in the Knowledge Economy: Observations by Tim Powell (August 12) and see if you agree with what Tim has to say.
I’m struck first by the clarity with which Tim sets forth his thesis, giving all of us who work in KM, knowledge services, and knowledge strategy a well thought-out (and easy to remember) distinction for all the activity that goes on throughout the knowledge domain. It’s all about two functions: knowledge production and knowledge use.
Here’s how Tim puts it:
I created the Knowledge Value Chain® framework in 1996 to address what I had seen as a persistent and critical gap throughout my career — that the production of knowledge on the one hand, and its use or application on the other, were largely treated and managed as separate and distinct functions. I came to believe this shortcoming was key to many knowledge/ intelligence malfunctions, and starting giving talks about knowledge-value chains being broken.
The KVC model has two halves — the PRODUCTION half (Data-Information-Knowledge), and the USE half (Decisions-Actions-Value). In an ideal situation, the two halves work together as a seamless ‘engine’ of organizational awareness.
Read Tim’s post. I promise you’ll come away refreshed and professionally stimulated. And at the same time, you’ll learn Tim’s useful definition of knowledge vis-à-vis intelligence. And watch this space, to learn more from Tim Powell when he is the topic of one of SMR International’s “Other Voices” interviews in a couple of weeks.