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 Management and Knowledge Management Book Reviews
by Dr. Moria Levy

The Smart Mission

"The Smart Mission" explores NASA's knowledge management post-shuttle disasters. Emphasizing work knowledge, learning, storytelling, and global collaboration, it advocates dynamic approaches. Effective knowledge management involves social infrastructure, identifying critical knowledge, and interdisciplinary understanding. In today's uncertain world, it highlights leadership and knowledge's pivotal roles.

The Fifth Discipline- Book Review

Peter Senge's "The Fifth Discipline" is a renowned classic, lauded by The Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. It introduces principles for learning organizations, complementing knowledge management. Success in knowledge management is feasible without complete alignment with a learning organization, emphasizing structured sharing and goal-oriented practices.

Change- principles of problem formation and problem resolution- Book Review

Watzlawick, Weakland, and Fish's 1979 book, "Change: Principles of Problem Formation and Problem Resolution," explores essential change methods grounded in set theory and logical type theory. The authors advocate for second-degree changes, contributing valuable insights to knowledge management on terminology, logical methods, and recommended solutions.

Organization theories- Book Review

Organizational theories, as explored in Mary Jo Hetz's book, stress the need for customized knowledge management solutions. The text navigates historical development, ingredient broth, and perspectives, emphasizing context-specificity. It also underscores lessons for effective knowledge management, advocating for diverse perspectives and acknowledging collective knowledge advancement.

Blue Ocean Strategy- Book Review

W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne's 2004 book builds on Nonaka and Takeuchi's work, emphasizing value innovation for organizational success. The strategy involves delivering more with less, creating a blue ocean untapped by competitors through optimized value components. Key elements include focus, differentiation, and a compelling proposition, as illustrated by examples like Casella in the wine industry.

The Knowledge Creating Company- Book Review

Nonaka and Takeuchi's 1995 book, "The Knowledge-Creating Company," examines Japanese business success, attributing it to knowledge creation. The model outlines transitions between tacit and explicit knowledge, emphasizing shared discourse, transformation, combination, and application. Conditions for knowledge development and stages for cultivating new knowledge are presented, promoting organizational growth. The model's adaptability to Western societies is discussed, suggesting its potential universality.

Experience as the source of learning and development- Book Review

The text discusses ongoing learning beyond formal education, centered on David Kolb's book on experiential learning. It explores learning cycles, styles, and their impact on professions, correlating learning styles with careers. The author emphasizes the integration of concrete experience and abstract conceptualization for genuine learning and organizational success.

The psychology of the Internet- Book Review

The text highlights the lengthy process of writing research-based books, citing Patricia Wallace's enduring 1999 work on Internet psychology. It explores online communication nuances, first impressions, age and gender estimation, community dynamics, group behavior, anger expression, virtual romances, and the impact on time management and knowledge sharing. Despite challenges, the Internet fosters generosity, altruism, and positive influences on knowledge management.

Learning to Learn from Experience- Book Review

This text discusses the challenges of learning from experience, emphasizing the need for critical self-reflection. Drawing from Edward Szell's book, it explores learning levels, skills, and tools for effective experience-based learning in both personal and organizational contexts.

The Practice Of Management - Book Review

In 2005, renowned management theorist Peter Drucker passed away, leaving a legacy of influential works. This article explores his insights, focusing on knowledge management and aligning organizational goals with Drucker's principles.

Learning to Fly - Book Review

The text discusses Collison and Purcell's impactful book on knowledge management, emphasizing practical methodologies derived from their experiences at British Petroleum. Covering topics from infrastructure preparation to knowledge capture, the book is recommended for its comprehensive approach and implementation insights.

Enabling Knowledge Creation - Book Review

"The Knowledge-Creating Company" (1995) by Nonaka and Takeuchi explores Japanese firms' success in innovation. The sequel "Enabling Knowledge Creation" (2000) reveals five key factors for knowledge development. Insights emphasize context, stages, discourse, and organizational challenges.

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