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Ignorance management

Ignorance management is a [1]


Ignorance Management has been described by John Israilidis, Russell Lock, and Louise Cooke of Loughborough University as:

"Ignorance Management is a objectives and sustain competitive advantage."[2]

The key principle of this theory is that knowledge management (KM) could better be seen as Ignorance Management due to the fact that it is impossible for someone to comprehend and understand everything in a complete way. The only real wisdom is in recognising the limits and extent of one's knowledge and therefore, KM is essentially a matter of sharing the extent of one's ignorance with other people, and thus learning together. This process of knowing what is needed to know and also acknowledging the power of understanding the unknown, could develop a tacit understanding and could improve both short-term opportunistic value capture and longer term business sustainability (Israilidis et al. 2012).


Several attempts have been made to explore the value of managing organisational ignorance in order to prevent failures within [5]

See also


  1. ^ Deschene, Lori (December 12, 2007). "How to Manage Ignorance; Inside the Book Peter Drucker Never Wrote". CBS News. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Israilidis, J.; Lock, R.; Cooke, L. (2012) Ignorance Management: An Alternative Perspective on Knowledge Management in Multinational Organisations. In Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Cartagena, Spain, 6–7 September, pp.493-501, ISBN 978-1-908272-63-8.
  3. ^ Roberts, J. (2009) From Knowledge Management to Ignorance Management. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Organizational Learning Knowledge and Capabilities, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 26–28 April.
  4. ^ Wolchover, N. (2012) Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  5. ^ Zack, M. (1999) Managing Organizational Ignorance. Knowledge Directions, Volume 1, pp. 36-49.

Further reading

  • Roberts, Joanne (2009). "From Knowledge Management to Ignorance Management". Vrije University Amsterdam. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  • Roberts, Joanne (2012). "Organizational Ignorance: Towards a Managerial Perspective on the Unknown?, Management Learning, (DOI: 10.1177/1350507612443208).". [1]. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  • Roberts, Joanne; Armitage, John (2008). "Ignorance Economy, Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation, (DOI: doi/abs/10.1080/08109020802459322).". [2]. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  • Balda, Wesley D. (Ph.D). "Minding the Gaps: Organizing Ignorance and Managing Development (abstract)". St. George's University. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  • Galvin, Tammy (June 1, 2004). "Ignorance management (editor's notebook)". Highbeam Business. Retrieved April 25, 2012. 

External links

  • Ignorance Management benchmarking questionnaire
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