The Increasing Importance of Physical Location

Hagel and Seely-Brown cite KM orthodoxy — heck, they define KM orthodoxy. They assert that tacit knowledge is best shared face-to-face. Physical proximity is no replacement for virtuality. Well, yes and no. And maybe.

It’s important to note the explosion of location-based tools, both cloudware and manifestations in smartphone platforms that enable the creative frisson — what Brain Eno has called Scenius — the develop and emerge. At the same time, as globalization really accelerates, there’s the need to support increasingly diverse needs for virtuality.

The most significant movement will be in how organizational units adapt to these interwoven paths. At present, I assert, most organizations are seizing up under the stress of adapting to a fundamentally chaotic world.

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