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The link that Bruce provided for the "network paradigm" paper works, but
because it is divided across two lines will be problematic for some. Here's
a shorter link:

http://www.analytictech.com/borgatti/papers/networkparadigm.pdf

steve.

Steve Borgatti
Organization Studies Dept
Boston College
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Social Networks Discussion Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Bruce Hoppe
> Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 10:48 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: JM and KM
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> Happy New Year, SOCNET!
>
> Thanks for bringing up knowledge management, Don. I have always been
> puzzled
> that there is not more active dialogue between the KM and SNA communities.
>
> For an extremely concise overview of KM within a much grander survey of
> SNA,
> I recommend this fine paper: "The Network Paradigm in Organizational
> Research: A Review and Typology," by Stephen P. Borgatti and Pacey C.
> Foster, Journal of Management 2003 29(6) 991-1013.
>
> The entire paper is at
>
> http://www.analytictech.com/borgatti/papers/borgatti%20and%20foster%202003
> %2
> 0-%20the%20network%20paradigm.pdf
>
> Or you can skip straight to the KM section, complete with links to all the
> relevant entries of the bibliography, by going here:
>
> http://connectedness.blogspot.com/2004/08/social-networks-and-
> knowledge.html
>
> Though I think skepticism of KM is entirely justified, I do find T.D.
> Wilson's treatment quite opinionated -- really an editorial masquerading
> as
> a research paper. (Not much of a disguise, with a title like "The Nonsense
> of KM.") I guess he is trying to protect the sanctity of academe from the
> messy world of business and marketing. But SNA strikes me as a field with
> rich potential in both academe and business (including businesspeople who
> work in KM) so I don't see Wilson accomplishing much other than inciting
> more divisiveness.
>
> Anyway, Borgatti et al's paper certainly aims a healthy dose of skepticism
> at KM, but without laboring so hard to document the marketing double-talk
> of
> KM. Instead they very constructively point to research in SNA that is
> relevant to anyone who wants KM taken seriously. Or put another way, they
> suggest underutilized research of SNA that could have more impact in the
> business world of KM practitioners if it were marketed effectively.
>
> Best regards,
> Bruce
>
> Bruce Hoppe, PhD
> Community Networks
> http://connectedness.blogspot.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Don Steiny
> Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2004 11:55 PM
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> Subject: JM and KM
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> All,
>
>         I was curious and suspicious of "knowledge management" due to its
> advocacy by the eccentric (he said generously) JM.  I found a really good
> article on it for those of you who might be curious:
>
> The Nonsense of "Knowledge Management" T.D. Wilson, University of
> Sheffield,
> Information Research, Oct 2002
>
> http://informationr.net/ir/8-1/paper144.html
>
> -Don
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