Tacit Knowledge -- Grapevine

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J S Broca
Teacher, India

Tacit Knowledge -- Grapevine

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.


Pedro Guedes Carvalho
Professor, Portugal

Tacit Knowledge - Gossip

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