Losing Knowledge. Still Dangerous.

Can an organization lose critical knowledge, but still perform?

Homeland security blogger Christian Beckner has an interesting piece about terrorist tradecraft and organizational learning.

"Terrorist tradecraft" is defined as "those subtle skills needed to maintain secrecy and operations in a hostile environment." This body of terrorist "street smarts" cannot be learned from a manual downloaded off the internet. As terrorist cells, embedded in a host country like the U.S., become separated from their leadership command, access to this knowledge is reduced.

Clearly this topic is of interest to intelligence experts in homeland security. It also brings up some interesting questions for those in KM, HR, Training, OD and other fields concerned about organizational learning and effectiveness.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, 1/21/2006


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