Approaches to Knowledge Management Practice

There are two fundamental approaches to knowledge management practice, tacit and explicit approaches. The approach of tacit knowledge accents understanding the individuals king of knowledge in an organisation make the people to transfer knowledge within the organisation, the people managing the key as knowledge carriers and creators. The approach of explicit knowledge explains marches for express knowledge applied by one person, the pattern of organisation approaches for invention of new knowledge, and including information systems (development of systems) to distribute and express knowledge within the organisation. The comparative merits and demerits of both tacit and explicit approaches to knowledge Management are explained here.

Tacit Knowledge Approach

The tacit knowledge approaches have some outstanding features is staple impression that knowledge is about personal knowledge in creation and unmanageable to deduce from the heads of single person. In all organisations tacit knowledge consists in an large amount ruins on the head of single person. An individual functioning from the site of knowledge inherently not public and remains large amount of tacit, this approach holds the public exposure of knowledge could be achieved by the transfer of people as ‘knowledge carriers’ from one part of an organisation to another people. By learning knowledge in the organisation happens when the single person come all to gather below condition that recommend others to spread their ideas and to make them to grow the inner sights all to gather that will give a way to create some new ideas. In an organisation, the collection knowledge is considered as a carrier of each and every individual who gather the information. To increase the wider use of tacit knowledge of a single person, the managers will emerge the knowledge processed by different peoples in an organisation. Organisation may arrange the kinds of communication between the knowledgeable peoples that will help the organisation process its present project, transfer the knowledge from the one branch to another branch, and to generate new knowledge, that may be worth full to develop the organisation as well.

Most if the manager in an organisation they never know what the special categories of the knowledge which the individuals know. According to the Hewlett-Packard in the 1980’s ‘If we only knew what we know, we could conquer the world’. As organisation develop into huge form, extra knowledge characterized by high degree, and extra universal distributed to wide area, the managers require to ‘know what we know’ is develop into extremely sharp. Basically, the tacit is used to improve the knowledge who knows about what is required in and to an organisation.

For Example of a tacit knowledge approach, spreading the knowledge inside a organisation is provided by Toyota. In this process, Toyota needs to spread the knowledge to the new employees of its production system in a new assembly factory. Some of the factories opened in recent times such places like valenciennes, France, Etc. Toyota recruits some group of three hundred to four hundred peoples and gives training them for several months and gave work in assembly department in one of the busiest factory. After the few months, the manager studied the production report and seen new employed person’s experience in assemble department and then send them back into new factories. The organisation increases their work into two or three time greater than the current position. This results production quantity and quality will reached the higher levels and improved the production in large amount in new factories. To create a new knowledge Toyota uses the quality circle also makes an example of the tacit knowledge approach. In the Toyota organisation the managing team spent two or three hours in the production department workers and analysis the problems faced by the working individual and also analysis the performance of the team work. Every group process the ‘countermeasures’ to identify and solve the problems in a effective manner. Through this process of quality circle in the Toyota, the employees share their ideas, creating the new ideas and testing the ideas in an effective manner to improve the productivity. This knowledge management practise in the Toyota, helps production team to identify, eliminates, and even used to protect the errors which occurred in the production team.

Explicit Knowledge Approach

The explicit knowledge approach is that something described by single person and also even it helps to make effort and even some kind of support may occasionally help the person to express what they know as well. In this process, the explicit knowledge approach accepts the useful knowledge of a person in an organisation could be expressed and make unambiguous.

The explicit knowledge approach helps individual to express his knowledge and help them to create the process of ‘knowledge assets’. This approach conceives that explicit knowledge asset passed around within an organisation through manual of best practise, documents, standard operating procedures, drawings and like that. By the use of information system the knowledge of individual is passed around through the intranet and internet between the organisations. Generally associated the sight of knowledge could be created in the course of scientific learning process, managed, structured. Another kinds of experiments and structured learning process could built to solve important knowledge inadequacies, or market business deal or planned partnering may be used to observe the special knowledge or to grown the organisation by effective knowledge assets.

In the 1990’s, Motorola was the world leader in the market of pagers. To stand in the leader position Motorola establish new production of pagers each and every twelve to fifteen months. All the new production of pagers were built with new characteristics and selections for make to specification than the before generation of pagers. In adding together, a latest features with higher speed, more user friendly to customers and this flexibility were built in the each and every new features of pagers. To done this huge process, Motorola gathered groups of materials and designers to built the new production of factory and pagers. Before start the every new project, each an every will receive the new manual which is developed by experts in the managing level. At the same time each and every team will have three delivery group at the end of the project. They are:

  1. By check the present generation pager and they design new manual for next generation.
  2. The built of some effective flexible assembly department for the customers that would make the new pagers.
  3. An advance manual that integrated the built knowledge issue the manual to the group to improve the built process that group had develop to gather the product and manufacture goal.

This manual will transfer to the next built team given the project to improve the next production of pagers in a organisation. By this process, Motorola attempted to provide unambiguous and incarcerate the knowledge growth of engineers while the project running and the new ideas will transfer to the next generation project team.