AIC Seminar Series
THE POETICS OF KNOWLEDGE SHARING: Putting Aristotle to Work in the Enterprise
|Stephen W. Smoliar||ISL Parc|
Date: Monday, July 18th 2005 at 4:00pm
Location: EJ228 (Directions)
Advances in repository technology have not solved the problem of
knowledge sharing. The problem does not arise from the noun-like
properties of knowledge but a failure to grasp the verb-like
qualities of sharing. This distinction is related to that between
product-centric and process-centric approaches to knowledge management;
but the characteristics of a verb-based strategy have origins that
precede knowledge management and reach back to the time of Aristotle.
Furthermore, they are based not in Aristotles investigations of logic
but in the principles of his Poetics. It is demonstrated how this
study provides instructions for making knowledge sharable; and the
lessons of those instructions are shown to apply to both work practices
and technologies that support those work practices.
Keywords: knowledge sharing, imitation, work practices, narrative,
Eureka, distributed cognition, learning, innovation, communication,
Bio for Stephen W. Smoliar||
Stephen W. Smoliar obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics and his BSc
in Mathematics from MIT. He has taught Computer Science at both the
Technion, in Israel, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked
on problems involving specification of distributed systems at General
Research Corporation and has investigated expert systems development at
both Schlumberger and the Information Sciences Institute (University of
Southern California). From May of 1991 until August of 1994, he led a
project on video classification at the Institute of Systems Science at
the National University of Singapore. From August of 1995 until May of
1999, he managed research programs in Multimedia and Communication and
Collaboration at the FX Palo Alto Research Laboratory. He then assumed
the position of Knowledge Solutions Coordinator, where he remained until
May of 2004. He is currently working in the Intelligent Systems
Laboratory at PARC.
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