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Putting Them Together

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A typical automobile includes perhaps 2,000 parts. Individually none of them enable us to travel safely and comfortably from place to place but assembled they provide us a means to travel over long distances. A typical college basketball team has about fifteen players, five of whom may be on the floor at a time. No single player can win a game playing alone, much less have a winning season. Yet, together those fifteen players may be able to win a championship. Just as the players can come together to form an integrated, powerful, and successful team, so to can Culture, Old Pros, Archives, and Process come together to enable an integrated, powerful, and successful learning organization. Each brings a unique set of strengths and weaknesses, yet together they can form a formidable organizational knowledge management capability.

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  • The authors describe how cultural barriers can dramatically impede an organization’s ability to make effective use of what it knows.

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Wellman, J.L. (2009). Putting Them Together. In: Organizational Learning. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230621541_7

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