Tacit Knowledge Is Why Superintelligence Might Turn On Us

Crossderry Blog

I’ve alluded to the challenges of central planning and information gathering in previous posts ( here re: knowledge management and here re: complexity). Because knowledge is local, time bound, and often tacit, we can never aggregate it in a reliably meaningful way. Bostrom never seems to get Roberts’ point about the nature of knowledge. In other words, superintelligences’ inability to grok tacit knowledge may well be the reason they turn on us.

The Tsunami and Knowledge Management

Crossderry Blog

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The Walking Around PMO

Crossderry Blog

Let’s take one challenge: there is a ton of tacit knowledge to be surfaced when marrying or divorcing organizations. Jonathan Becher (@jbecher)—SAP’s Chief Marketing Officer—has an excellent, longstanding blog named “ Manage by Walking Around.” I could not help but think of Jonathan as I heard another former colleague’s presentation at the 2015 PMO Symposium. Lou Pack from ICF International (@ICFI) served with me on PMI’s Global Executive Council.

Maintaining Outsourced Development Quality

Crossderry Blog

This overhead can only be ameliorated a bit with tools and technique: there is effort inherent in making inarticulate or tacit knowledge explicit. Many firms that outsource want to reap all the savings from cutting costs on developers without accounting for the additional overhead they’ll need to manage developers who aren’t right down the hall. All the informal code reviews, requirements clarification, etc.

Four Barriers To Creating Collaborative Advantage

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

Inability to Work Together and Transfer Knowledge. Our employees have not learned to work together effectively across organizational units to transfer tacit knowledge.

Vulnerability & Trust - A Leader's Paradox

Mills Scofield

Listen to John Hagel, Saul Kaplan & Mike Waite Discuss on Trust Across America Radio. February 13, 2013. Does being vulnerable and trustworthy sound a bit paradoxical?

What Tesla Knows That Other Patent-Holders Don’t

Harvard Business Review

There’s a lot of thinking in the research these days on the gap between the codified knowledge that is patentable and gets disclosed versus tacit knowledge that really exists in how you actually produce,” says Orly Lobel, a law professor at the University of San Diego specializing in intellectual property. It’s something different from just the aggregation of the knowledge in the patents.”.

Engage Your Long-Time Employees to Improve Performance

Harvard Business Review

In today’s knowledge-based economy, companies and products are intricately specialized and experience counts for a lot. Tenure matters not only because years of work in a given profession yield deep specialist knowledge.

Gary Klein: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He also developed methods of Cognitive Task Analysis for uncovering the tacit knowledge that goes into decision […]. Gary Klein, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at MacroCognition, LLC. He was instrumental in founding the field of Naturalistic Decision Making. ?He He developed a Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model to describe how people actually make decisions in natural settings.

How Corporate HQ Can Get More from Innovation Outposts

Harvard Business Review

Most of the absorbed knowledge — local contacts and relationships, intelligence, insights, and so on — left with them. The tacit knowledge should be codified and shared through formal processes and protocols to avoid the risk that valuable information absorbed by the outpost doesn’t reach the mothership. In March 1848 San Francisco newspaperman Samuel Brannan announced that gold had been found in California.

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How to Bring in a New CEO for Your Startup

Harvard Business Review

Ensure knowledge capture and transfer. A critical factor in managing this transition is ensuring that relevant knowledge is documented to the greatest extent possible. Knowledge capture and transfer will assist in a smooth transition.

Your Whole Company Needs to Be Distinctive, Not Just Your Product

Harvard Business Review

Make tacit knowledge explicit by codifying the things you do in capabilities, but keep rethinking, improving, and reworking your codification. Ever since the idea of strategy came to the business world in the early 1960s, the goal of differentiation has been paramount.

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We Learn More When We Learn Together

Harvard Business Review

However, we don’t need to learn with others in formal training or development programs: we can architect our own opportunities to gain insight, knowledge, and skills that move us on an upward trajectory. dave wheeler FOR HBR. We rarely grow alone.

Even in a Digital World, Globalization Is Not Inevitable

Harvard Business Review

Think of tacit knowledge, which John Hagel III and John Seely Brown, who have thought deeply about information flows, argue is increasing rather than decreasing in value. In the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election in the U.S., globalization is seen as a political hot potato rather than a hot ticket to prosperity.

Algorithms Make Better Predictions — Except When They Don’t

Harvard Business Review

Further, algorithms cannot (yet, anyway) tap intuition — the soft factors that are not data inputs, the tacit knowledge that experienced managers deploy every day, nor the creative genius of innovators. Predictive analytics is proving itself both powerful and perilous.

Case Study: Will Our Chinese Partner Copy Our Technology?

Harvard Business Review

For another, Prime had embedded a great deal of "tacit knowledge" into some of the components — knowledge that was more "know why" than pure know-how. Hoping to give him a chance to show off his knowledge, Lin encouraged the Blue Sky engineers to ask questions about Prime's technology. In addition to being highly efficient, the prototype was a marvel of embedded tacit knowledge. One person wasn't smiling.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

But single-location projects draw on a reservoir or shared tacit knowledge and trust that global projects lack. When the knowledge base underlying a project is fragmented and project teams are scattered over multiple locations, miscommunication, conflict, and stalemates over crucial decision making are much more likely. Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. That's partly because they manage global projects like traditional ones.

Facebook Changes Upend Advertiser and Agency Models

Harvard Business Review

Even when optimizing to a transaction, they do so with tacit knowledge of what each transaction is worth. The media is already dissecting yesterday's Facebook event, where the company unveiled major new changes to their platform. Par for the course, really. Drama always accompanies any change to the Facebook site or platform.

The Boomers are Leaving! – How to Create and Implement a Knowledge.

Strategy Driven

– How to Create and Implement a Knowledge Transfer Program, part 2 Posted by Ken Ball and Gina Gotsill on November 17, 2010 · 2 Comments Now that you’ve looked at your workforce (in The Boomers are Leaving! Regularly ask yourself these questions: Who will receive the knowledge?

The Boomers are Leaving! – How to Create and Implement a Knowledge.

Strategy Driven

– How to Create and Implement a Knowledge Transfer Program, part 1 Posted by Ken Ball and Gina Gotsill on November 10, 2010 · 2 Comments The clock is ticking: next year, in 2011, the oldest of the 76 million Baby Boomers turn 65.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

But single-location projects draw on a reservoir or shared tacit knowledge and trust that global projects lack. When the knowledge base underlying a project is fragmented and project teams are scattered over multiple locations, miscommunication, conflict, and stalemates over crucial decision making are much more likely. Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. That's partly because they manage global projects like traditional ones.

Stop Obsessing Over Intellectual Property Rights

Harvard Business Review

While seeking intellectual property rights (IPR) is entirely appropriate for your well-structured knowledge, putting serious effort into mapping the deep, implicit knowledge within your organization can prove equally valuable. Exploiting this deep knowledge entails strategically mapping the know-how usually just carried in the heads of individual employees, or by groups of your employees working together, in tacit, interpersonal organizational routines.

Are You Wasting Money On Useless Knowledge Management?

Harvard Business Review

Is your company investing in expensive knowledge management systems that are useless for making big, strategy decisions? The problem is that most current knowledge management efforts merely inventory the company's knowledge, without parsing out the knowledge that is strategically relevant.

The Trouble with Mary Chen

Harvard Business Review

Hall calls "high-context" cultures, like China, people tend to leave much unsaid in their communication, because they assume a lot of tacit knowledge and understanding (the context). Chinese managers and owners in Chinese-owned businesses play by the same rules.

The MBA M-Prize's Winning Hack

Harvard Business Review

Both Roth and Tandon had worked as management consultants before seeking their MBAs, and they understand that tacit knowledge is critical for professional service companies. They also recognize that these organizations usually lose a lot of tacit knowledge because employees infrequently intersect with one another, and because time pressures in a projects-based world erode organizational insights.

With New York Schools Appointment, Bloomberg Did it His Way

Harvard Business Review

The other challenge is the amount of tacit knowledge involved in improving the performance of large systems — insight and understanding not easily captured or conveyed by numbers, formulas, or recipes. By definition, tacit knowledge comes with time — so outsiders must approach organizations with humility. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting his way and Cathleen Black will take over from Joel Klein as Chancellor of New York City Schools.

Leadership Q&A: The 7 Virtues of the 21st Century Organization

Weekly Leader

Getting Smarter about Google's "Brain Drain"

Harvard Business Review

In his signature style, Gladwell drew on social-science research that documents the importance of practical skills ("tacit knowledge") over raw brainpower, how individuals who think they're smarter than others (and get treated that way) tend to worry more about acting smart than learning new things, and the dangers of what three psychologists have called "the dark side of charisma.".