In the land of taxonomy there are only two species: the Lumpers who gather related things together and look for their commonalities (these are the categorisers), and the Splitters who look for the distinctions between things and separate them based on those distinctions (these are the classifiers).
After a fascinating, robust and sometimes sharp discussion with Larry Prusak and Dave Snowden a couple of days ago in Kuala Lumpur on the topic “Is Knowledge Management Dead?” I have come to the conclusion that I am a Lumper and they are Splitters, when it comes to the utility of the over-arching label of knowledge management. Plus they think that KM as a field has been irredeemably corrupted by the many false plays and hijacks it has been subjected to, while I still have hope. Watch the podcast for the full story, and a million thanks to Larry and Dave for a great conversation. (I’m probably going to get a lot of flak from librarians about a comment I make near the end).
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