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Example of Knowledge Sharing Practices


"Knowledge management is a fancy term for a simple idea. You're managing data, documents, and people efforts."

~ Bill Gates


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Shared Knowledge as a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Microsoft hires the brightest and best of the new university graduates. Bill Gates sought not just the smart, but the "super smart".

Bill Gates was clear however that high individual knowledge is not enough in today's dynamic markets. A company also needs a high corporate IQ intelligence, knowledge, and expertise of the company which hinges on the facility to share information widely and enable staff members "to build on each other's ideas". This is partly a matter of storing the past, partly of exchanging current knowledge.


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Attributes of the Super Smart sought by Microsoft




"I like my job because it involves learning. I like being around smart people who are trying to figure out new things... We read, ask questions, explore, go to lectures, compare notes and findings... consult experts, daydream, brainstorm, formulate and test hypotheses, build models and simulations, communicate what we're learning, and practice new skills,"

~ Bill Gates




As individuals learn, their knowledge adds to the corporate store. What matters most is quality, not quantity; how effectively that store of knowledge is mobilized by collaborative working.


Knowledge-based Enterprise

Learning by Doing




"The ultimate goal is to have a team  develop the best ideas from throughout an organization and then act with the same unity of purpose and focus that a single, well-motivated person would bring to bear on a situation," says Bill Gates. That way, the super-smart, articulate person becomes the organization writ large.




Corporate Knowledge Management Culture

It is the boss' role to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing, using not just exhortation but reward for the purpose. "Power comes not from knowledge kept, says Bill Gates, but from knowledge shared" and managed. He advocates setting up Specific projects that share knowledge across the organization must be set. This sharing should be made "an integral part of the work itself not an add-on frill."


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Bill Gates advice

The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past.

Bill Gates