and codified knowledge
Learning is related to both sides of knowledge: codified and tacit knowledge.
Codified knowledge is easily transferable in information and can be transmitted
through information technologies and infrastructures over long distances
and across organisational boundaries. Tacit knowledge however cannot be
easily transferred because it has not been stated in an explicit form;
its transfer is extremely sensitive to social context. In this perspective,
the learning economy is characterised by continuous drives towards codification,
due to the expansion of infrastructures and ICTs which allow effective
and low-cost transmissions of knowledge. But tacitness appears as the real
key element for effective exploitation of innovative opportunities and
abilities (based on: Tomassini 2001l).
The issue of tacit and codified knowledge came up in a company which we
investigated. One of the measures for the management was a type of engineering
knowledge, translating tacit knowledge into codified knowledge. There were
knowledge adaptables, coaches, trainers and teams; they were appointed
to document innovation. The problem was the codification; it couldn't present
the actual reality of innovation. The documentation became a burden, the
company put too much weight on that, which was counterproductive.
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