Oct 27, 2005

KM and OD - follow up

Piers looked at my earlier post on OD and KM and says:

But aren't the insights KM bring to OD just as valuable? If you focus on the organisation and process too much, then don't you squeeze the creativity out of your people, and with that, your ability to adapt?

I agree entirely. Good OD initiatives are focussed on unlocking the value that each of us as individuals gets into an organizational setting.

Jack Vinson and Terrence take the dialogue forward. In fact, the perfect sync between KM and OD will emerge if Knowledge Management systems emerge out of Organizational diagnosis.

The diagnosis must also go deeper into issues:

Why are people not sharing knowledge?
Is it an infrastructure issue or a will issue?
Are they engaged with the larger organizational ramifications? Do they care?
What drives groups in the organizations? Does a KM solution make sense?

Very often, the KM solution has to 'make sense' to the organization. It should be the OD folks in the KM implementation team who need to bring their insight to the table. KM's goal should not be tool implementation but final benefits of the intitiative - higher productivity and more creativity and innovation.