These are complex topics that cannot be left to specialists.
Transforming e-Knowledge aims to demystify these topics and
make them approachable to everyone. To support this effort we have
created an online repository of resources, including a searchable
glossary of terms at www.transformingeknowledge.info.
Use the online resources simultaneously to support your reading.
Across the globe, we see examples of the e-knowledge
revolution. From Bombay to Brisbane to Boston, practitioners are
heightening their appreciation of the strategic importance of knowledge.
Knowledge has become the key economic
resource and the dominantand perhaps the onlysource
of competitive advantage.
Individuals and organizations must fundamentally reshape
the manner in which they appraise what they know, what they can
do with it, and what they need to know. They must also track best
practices when they create, manage, deploy, and leverage knowledge.
These new competencies will be compelling sources of competitive
advantage in the Knowledge Economy. Over time, technology will be
a core component of all knowledge management and learning. The e
will truly be redundant in reference to e-knowledge management,
e-learning, and e-business activitiesif it is not already
What do we know now that we didnt
know ten years ago? That learning and knowledge are the result of
multiple intertwining forces: content, context, and community.
John Seely Brown
Today, a wide choice of solution providers specialize
in the distinct areas of content, context, and community. Within
five years, successful solution providers will meet the challenge
of covering all three areas, while others will specialize in particular
areas. Early adopters and influencers sense that now is the time
to participate in shaping these developments. Enterprises that wish
to succeed realize that they must act now to start to build and
reshape knowledge infrastructures, capabilities, and cultures.
A diverse assortment of learning and training organizations
and industry consortia are well positioned to advance this transformation.
Poised for leadership and success are standards organizations, content
aggregators, and collaborative alliances of knowledge organizations,
including libraries, colleges and universities, and professional
societies, and associations.
Leveraging technological innovation, solution providers
are creating applications that will evolve into powerful and pervasive
e-knowledge capabilities. An e-Knowledge Economy is emerging, consisting
of providers and users in every sector. All have a stake in the
development of policies, protocols, and practices that will accelerate
the growth of e-knowledge to meet the knowledge sharing imperatives
of the Knowledge Economy. As an e-Knowledge Industry emerges, we
can expect a series of jump shifts in our best practices
for learning and knowledge management and in our ability to harness