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Is the writing on your wall?

April 1, 2010 Leave a comment

In the past I have mentioned that I was part of a research project at the Henley Knowledge Management Forum.  For some reason they choose me as a Co-Champion, probably a big mistake.

The Project was based on the question of Does using social networking sites affect knowledge sharing and creation at work?

The research paper looked at the effects of using social networking websites on work-related knowledge sharing.

When it came to social networking websites we looked at use at work, at home or on the move. As our focus was on the use of social networking websites to build and maintain relationships that might lead to work related knowledge sharing.

We also noted that the communication mechanism for the knowledge sharing itself might not be the social networking website, and the relationships might not be work-related when they first develop.

In the paper we concentrated on

  1. Do people use social networking websites to build and maintain relationships that lead to work related knowledge sharing?
  2. What are the benefits of using social networking websites?
  3. What are the pitfalls of using social networking websites?
  4. How do the benefits and pitfalls of using social networking websites compare with the benefits and pitfalls of using other networking methods to build and maintain relationships?

In reality we only scratched the surface on this subject and there is still so much more that can be done.

As you can see by the guidance slideshow that was produced.

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who particpated in the research and big thank you to Judy Payne and Nick Silburn

And if you have any thoughts I would love to hear from you.

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