Tacit Knowledge -- Grapevine

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Tacit Knowledge -- Grapevine
J S Broca, Teacher, India

In an organisation, another useful source of knowledge is the "GRAPEVINE". It is defined as: the informal transmission of information, gossip, or rumor from person to person. It also means a usually unrevealed source of confidential information.
Whether to rely on it or ignore it, is dependent on a managers experience. Often the information may be floated by an insider to his/her own advantage. Sometimes the information may be floated by an adversary or a competitor to gain some specific tactical advantage. A good manager has to learn the art of separating the chaff from the grain.
Acting on knowledge gathered from this source may sometimes lead to embarrassment as well. So a manager has to develop his sense of intuition to make a proper judgement of the knowledge gathered from the grapevine.

Tacit Knowledge - Gossip
Pedro Guedes Carvalho, Professor, Portugal
Yes, but it is difficult to separate friendly or enemy gossip. In my view it's important to stay tuned with the vision and reinforce the shared view of the organization.



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