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By Milan Zeleny

Human structures administration is a crucial paintings that integrates wisdom, administration and platforms right into a unified global of pondering and motion in company, decision-making and economics. It provides a contemporary synthesis of the fields of data administration, structures technology and human association. A organic instead of mechanistic point of view pervades the textual content. New and unique principles and methods are provided with the simplicity and readability common of the well known writer.

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We also exclude automated coordinations by instincts, physiological controls, reflexes and all machine-embodied coordinations. Although often powerful enablers, we do not typically refer to them as knowledgeable. In this sense, any notion of “computer-based knowledge management” must be an oxymoron. Only data and information management and processing can be computer-based. Similarly, the information management profession can never bootstrap itself into knowledge management without abandoning the computer’s (information) storage paradigm and accepting the manager’s (knowledge) action coordination viewpoint.

Knowledge is fundamentally real and explicit. Although reading a book (information) on milking cows can be quite esoteric and Moving from Data and Information to Knowledge and Wisdom 17 intangible, there is nothing intangible or esoteric about actually milking cows and getting some milk from them. So called cod$ed (explicit) knowledge is therefore a symbolic description of action, which is information. e. the process of knowing rather than knowledge as subject or object. Knowledge (knowing) is purposeful coordination of action.

Knowledge without action reduces to simple information or data: All doing is knowing, and all knowing is doing. Vast repositories of data and information (data banks, warehouses, info marts, encyclopedias) are only passive recordings of the “raw material” of knowledge. , the process of relating such components into coherent patterns, which turn out to be successful in achieving goals and purposes, qualifies as knowledge. Among the myriads of possible relationships among objects, only some result in a successful coordinated action.

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