I think that freshmen students keep calling me ‘professor’ since the first day I’ve started this job. From the beginning, you keep explaining them academic hierarchy and promotion system and so on. Eventually we all give up … and get promoted :-). Well, from today on, I don’t have to worry about this any more because I actually became assistant professor. And I am a bit proud of it, have to admit.
For those not yet familiar with it, here it is, Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech at Stanford University. It’s not new (2005) but still touching and surely makes you think on a bit larger scale!
The first, Liebowitz, J. (2008): ‘Think of others’ in knowledge management: making culture work for you, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 6, 47-51, stresses the importance of shifting from a knowledge-hoarding to a more knowledge-sharing culture. In particular, it calls upon using social network analysis in the KM field as a techniques to study learning (knowledge flows) within organizations. Obviouslly, the area of intra-organizational learning networks, is truly gaining a momentum.
The second, Garvin, D. A., Edmondson, A. C., Gino, F. (2008), Is Yours a Learning Organization?, Harvard Business Review, March 2008, 109-116, aims to popularize a learning organization within practitioner community by offering comprehensive assessment tool that concentrates on three elements: (1) a supportive learning environment, (2) concrete learning processes and practices, and (3) leadership behaviour that reinforces learning.