knowledge in organisations
Organisational contexts play a crucial role in creating and developing
knowledge. Knowledge is situated in organisations and it is inseparable
from practices that take place in organisations. A fundamental dimension
of organisations is the coordination of distributed knowledge in order
to perform collective problem-solving tasks (based on: Tomassini
2001k, pp. 1, 3).
About the issue of utilitarian versus intrinsic knowledge: What should
be the relation of the learning economy to common sense knowledge, to the
kind of knowledge that people gain in their everyday lives? How would we
relate to the forms of knowledge that become institutionalised in certain
communities and are considered to be basic codes of conduct? Are these
considered to be frivolous? To what extent should society tolerate the
pursuit of frivolous knowledge, 'silly', non-utilitarian, without use value?
This is in response to the intervention about useful and useless (frivolous)
knowledge. I have been 24 years in formal education, as an academic and
then as an EU official, and I can now say that I didn't have to learn continuously
in that time. Now that I am a free lancer and have set off my own business,
I am in the new economy, and all the scientific concepts which we have
discussed relate directly to my daily life situation. So there is continuous
learning, there was the cycle of unemployment and training and employment
work, I have the social cohesion problem, I am working with international
teams at a distance, so I have to learn these skills every day: setting
up a web page, organising my tax situation, fighting with the legal system
and whatever. The only knowledge that is useful for my current work in
the new economy is frivolous knowledge, and formal knowledge is outdated.
Educational thinking is the old way of thinking, we live in a society where
frivolous knowledge is important, our life is very much attached to the
frivolous dimension; the school has of course an important part in that:
we are committed to re-launch the school.
Cluster: Fiesole Oct 01