We have a packed issue this month covering not only the exploration of culture, language and leadership on knowledge sharing, but the latest news on the development of international KM standards, experience on developing and implementing your first information strategy and information on managing your own career. We also have our regular columns from Martin White and Allan Foster too.
News update on Developing International KM standards – Paul J Corney – Managing Partner, Knowledge et al.
Paul reviews the current state of developing KM standards and provides further news on what is being done by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to establish a set of Knowledge Management Standards. Paul considers the importance and implications of the development of such a set of standards and how ultimately it could be a game changing move that will affect knowledge professionals across the globe.
Managerial Implications of Rocking the Floor by Employees: Consequences of Voice Behaviour – Faryal Batool, Department of Commerce Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan-Pakistan
Faryal and colleagues explore and discuss the implications of employees raising their voice to voice concerns or ideas. They explore the merits and drawbacks of two types of voice – promotive and prohibitive discussing the impact they may have on achieving change in the work place and on the individual’s own personal working environment. It also considers the effect on leadership and to some extent leadership style.
Knowledge sharing among employees in Ghanaian Industries: the role of transformational leadership style and communal organizational culture- Henry Boateng, School of Communication, University of Technology Sydney
Henry explores the effects of organizational culture and transformational leadership style on knowledge sharing. It goes on to explore transformational leadership, its affect and importance for enhancing knowledge sharing.
From Passenger to Pilot – taking the lead and building a business critical information management strategy – Siân Tyrrell Head of Horticultural Information & Advice, Royal Horticultural Society
Sian shares her experiences and explores the steps needed to develop and implement an effective information strategy from scratch. She considers the challenges in different types of environment having worked in both public and private sectors within large and small information teams. She makes suggestions for adapting approaches to ensure that the information strategy developed is fit for purpose regardless of the type of organization or their position in regards to the importance of an information strategy.
The mid-career information professional: managing your own career – Jela Webb MBA, MSc, ACIB, CCTS, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton (Business School)
Jela reviews the current environment for those in the middle of their information professional career, what the different options are to consider and what is important in terms of career planning. In particular, she reviews what will be important skill sets that organisations will look for in the future, looks at taking time out from your career to update your skills and what formal qualifications are available. She identifies what career ownership and career capital means, their roles and why they are important for effective career development.
Perspectives and Initiatives
Martin White explores the dynamics of teams, what they need to enable them to function effectively and how they work together to support each other to complete a task. In the articles he reviews he looks at a long term study of the introduction of knowledge management into the public sector as well as many aspects affecting team performance including: organizational culture, social networking and other technologies, collaboration and management innovation.
Allan looks at the increasing importance of due diligence and the critical role information professionals can play in providing important research. He also cover’s new developments with information providers who are aiming to provide better and more complete information in this area. He also takes an in-depth look at the growing digital skills gap, looking at what is being done and how that needs to be stepped up a gear to be able to keep UK industry competitive in the future. Another important skill he looks at is data management and how it is under-valued at present in the work place. Continuing with the digital theme is the strategic importance of digital transformation and what new technologies will disrupt business in the future. Informal social media networks are playing an important role in supporting new business start-ups. He also takes a look at different intelligence and research reports for Brexit and new product development from information vendors.