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Knowledge and learning infrastructure
Concept Practice Challenge
Synopsis Knowledge sharing in organisations, as exemplified in the KALIF approach, faces a number of challenges and risks including the following:

(a) the challenge of profound change. A KALIF application aims at boosting knowledge sharing across boundaries, in particular across the boundaries of the organisational units that form the focal group. In some ways the KALIF application tries to remove those boundaries by bringing about a real community of practice. 

(b) the issue of trust. In knowledge sharing several types of risk are involved. There is for instance the risk that you put in more knowledge than others and that you want to be sure that you get the credit for the input made. Also, giving away knowledge might reduce your power. These potential risks call for a general approach to risk reduction. 

(c) the challenge of measurement. A KALIF application costs money. In order to justify these expenses the effects of the application should be measured. The amount of shared knowledge can be measured, but it is hard to measure the effect on performance. Since there is no norm reference base, a specific evaluation system needs to be established (Kelleher et al. 2001, pp. 30f. 33, 34f.).

Reference The challenges and risks of knowledge sharing identified by the KALIF application are further outlined in the final publication (Kelleher et al. 2001, pp. 20-41). 
See also project info on KALIF.
Descriptors D-KM  EP10          E06b
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