I like this article as it highlights that we are in a new era of human relationships. The traditional authoritative approach of governance is not effective; we need to step into taking a collaborative stance in relation to our fellow workers. The more we involve in collaborative sense- making process, the better and faster problems are dis-solved in organization. Excluding voices amplifies role of authoritative approaches and expert positioning in organization and work against organizational development/ goals in a long run. Including voices in decision- making requires new set of skills, practice and awareness to achieve what might be possible to all parties involved. Happy Possibilities!

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If organizations are going to thrive in turbulent times, they must surrender many of their most cherished assumptions and start leveraging the power of collaborative knowledge. But this won’t be easy as most continue to believe in the same top-down knowledge management strategies common tothe machine age.

In the social era, the power of collaboration is key and collaborative knowledge generation–or sensemaking–is essential for staying competitive amidst the messy, complex challenges that define our hyper-connected universe.

But there’s a glitch: paying workers to collaboratively solve problems and cultivate ideas flies right in the face of traditional management thinking and its belief that the only valid source of knowledge is authoritative expertise. So, clearly, a new understandingabout knowledge and the role of expertise is needed.

Traditional Management: In Authoritative Knowledge We Trust

Sociologist Bridget Jordan has observed that”The power of authoritative knowledge is not that it is…

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