The Knowledge Evolution

1st Edition

Building Organizational Intelligence

Authors: Verna Allee
Paperback ISBN: 9780750698429
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd April 1997
Page Count: 296


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The Knowledge Evolution offers a unique and powerful road map for understanding knowledge creation, learning, and performance in everyday work. This book reframes current thinking by delving into the hidden world of knowledge supporting both individual and organizational performance, laying the foundation for the emerging art of knowledge management. Packed with best practices from leading edge companies, essential guidelines, design principles, analogies, and conceptual frameworks, it serves as a practical guidebook for mastering the Knowledge Era. It will help managers make more intelligent decisions about knowledge creation, reduce wasteful technology investments and lead to new ease and confidence in applying knowledge and learning principles for themselves and for their organizations.

Verna Allee delves into current thinking and practice to unravel the genetic code of knowledge itself. This revolutionary approach has surfaced a simple and elegant knowledge archetype. She demonstrates how this archetype can help us deal with complexity and suggests ways of self-organizing that make profound sense in today's networked enterprises. From strategies for core knowledge competencies to the key components of individual expertise, The Knowledge Evolution zeroes in on the critical success factors for the knowledge-based enterprise. What emerges is an approach to knowledge management that is simple enough to communicate at every level of the organization, yet rich enough to encompass all the complexity of modern enterprises.

Verna Allee is the founder of Integral Performance Group, a consulting practice in California that specializes in the learning organization, knowledge competencies, organizational systems change, systems thinking, total quality and learning, benchmarking support, best practices research, and strategic development. She holds a degree in the Study of Human Consciousness and her work is informed

Key Features

Explains the best practices from leading edge companies.Contains a learning guide for TQM tools.Gives navigational aids for the Knowledge Era.


practising managers, mid-level managers, professional business trade

Table of Contents

Understanding Knowledge - Introduction: The knowledge era; Knowledge competencies for adaptive enterprises; The knowledge navigators; Seeing patterns of knowledge, learning and performance; Knowledge archetypes in action; Knowledge, learning and organizations; Building Blocks for Knowledge - Doing the data two-step; Gigamonsters and other dragons: Procedural Knowledge; Building functional knowledge; The making of meaning; Integrating: The quest for the elegant solution; Renewing; Reconnecting with purpose; Expanded vision: Union performance; Into Practice: Best Practices in Knowledge Management - Strategies: Creating practice fields for knowledge; Culture, knowledge mapping and technology; The seeds of knowledge; The knowledge archetype in theoretical constructs; A question set for knowledge building in information management.


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About the Author

Verna Allee

Verna Allee is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in Knowledge in organizations. She consults in knowledge management and strategic issues with Motorola, Eli Lilly, Samtel, American Express India, Hewlett Packard, Unocal, Assurant Group, Seagate Technologies, Sun Microsystems, PeopleSoft, Primus Software, Peer3, Oracle, Rockwell Avionics, Unisys, Clarica, AT&T, Chevron, Steelcase, and others. She is a frequent presenter at conferences in the US and abroad and is a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She acts as advisor for special projects in intellectual capital and the knowledge economy with Stanford University, the Brookings Institution, and Digital4Sight.

Affiliations and Expertise

President and Founder of Verna Allee Associates.


This book is quite solid - conceptually & practical insights.