Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management: A Social Constructionist Perspective (New Horizons in Management Series)

Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management: A Social Constructionist Perspective (New Horizons in Management Series)

Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management: A Social Constructionist Perspective (New Horizons in Management Series)
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`ASKing (Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge) is at the heart of this comprehensive, compelling, and cutting edge guide to appreciative knowing and innovation. The authors have really managed to push the "appreciative envelope" here. They've taken well-known appreciative inquiry frameworks and methods, effectively improved on them, and extended them into the all important area of knowledge development and knowledge sharing. I expect that readers in all kinds of organizations and at many levels will find the ASK system readily usable and effective. The in-depth case studies across a wide variety of industries (including government) turn the book into a fine guide for knowledge sharing, making it particularly easy to "Learn how to ASK". At the same time, academics, teachers, and students will find this book does a terrific job of summarizing and enlivening the existing appreciative inquiry/intelligence literature. If you've only got time and money for one book on appreciative organizational approaches, this is the one to get.' - David Barry, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal `Thatchenkery and Chowdhry have given those of us challenged with global knowledge sharing a way through the muddle of the traditional knowledge management paradigm. Fusing Knowledge Sharing and Appreciative Sharing concepts leads to a true appreciation of the value of knowledge dissemination and away from knowledge hoarding. With new technology migration occurring at warp speed and globalization of product sourcing markets requiring co-location of manufacturing facilities close to the customer, our company relies on state of the art knowledge sharing capabilities to shorten conventional and expensive training methodologies. Positive team collaboration with representation from all international sites and across functional areas - in effect, simultaneously managing time, distance, and culture barriers - is substantially facilitated by thinking of knowledge sharing in new and appreciative ways. This book helps chart the new path.' - Hank Jonas, Organization Effectiveness Corning Incorporated The authors of this book advance the Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge (ASK), a unique approach by which organizations create a culture that facilitates the sharing of information. Using social constructionist approaches, historical data, and case studies, the authors demonstrate that appreciation - or affirmation - is the key ingredient for people to trust each other and overcome their inhibitions and concerns about sharing what they know. The hyper-competitive culture of many organizations has created a knowledge-hoarding climate that many firms struggle to change. The ASK process can reinvent, in a sustainable manner, how we think about organizing knowledge. By linking practices, artifacts, technologies and managerial skills, the ASK model offers a management framework for a wide range of enterprises. One of the basic tenets put forth is that if knowledge is shared appreciatively, managing knowledge will no longer be an issue. The authors expand on the concept of appreciation and illustrate how systems can be created to institutionalize knowledge sharing. In addition, they give examples of organizations that have planted the seeds for the exchange to happen. Academics and practitioners in the fields of knowledge management and organizational behavior and development will find this innovative study of great value. The findings will also be of great practical use for managers and executives in a variety of firms. Contents: 1. Introduction: A New Adventure 2. Knowledge Sharing: A Historical Perspective 3. The Generative Potential of Appreciative Processes 4. How to ASK 5. Private Sector Case Studies 6. Government Sector Case Studies 7. Public Service Case Study 8. Summary, Conclusion, and Invitations Bibliography Index

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The Center for Appreciative Inquiry uses Ai as our "engine" for driving positive change. We work with schools, colleges/universities, gov't agencies, businesses, and NGOs to focus their planning & thinking for full engagement, empowerment & collaboration that is relevant & action-oriented. Since 1989, we have developed training and coaching programs for immediate and long-term impact, focusing on changing workplace practices rather than trying to change people.