COIT12205 Knowledge Management Principles - Assignment 1


A key understanding within Knowledge Management (KM) is to be able to define and differentiate between data,information and knowledge.This assessment will help you to understand the differences among data, information, and knowledge; KM technologies; different types of knowledge and KM capture process; and direct organisational impacts of KM.

As part of this assessment,you are to answer the following four questions. The questions are based on the contents of Chapter 2 (The Nature of Knowledge), Chapter 3 (Knowledge Management Foundations: Infrastructure, Mechanisms, and Technologies), Chapter4 (Knowledge Management Solutions: Processes and Systems), and Chapter 5(Organisational Impacts of Knowledge Management) respectively of the prescribed textbook.

Question 1

You are considering buying a new Holden Commodore. Gather tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge on buying Holden Commodorecars from various resources: e.g., the HoldenWeb site (, your friends etc. List your findings and explain what source of knowledge(tacit or explicit)is important for your choice.

Question 2

Define a “Community of Practice (CoP)”. Determine ways in which a local hospital would benefit from a CoP. Note:For more information about CoP, see Chapter 2 and page 46 of Chapter 3 of the textbook.

Question 3

Suggest reasons why a knowledge sharing system could be established between rival organisations (e.g., Mastercard and Visa, Toyota and Honda) for their mutual benefit.

Question 4

Critique the following analysis: “Our investment on knowledge management seems to be unsuccessful. There turn on investment(ROI) decreased from10 percent to 5 percent at the year of system implementation.Since direct measure of organisational performance decreased, we need to uninstall the knowledge management system rightaway.

”Hints: Is the analysis correct or incorrect? In your critique, you may explain the problem, identify the strengths and weaknesses and consider any possible corrective measures.

Presentation of your assignment(Hints):

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  • Body -this is where you discuss your answers in detail, where appropriate,references, headings and sub-headings should be included with the logical progression of your answers from one idea to the next.Do not use the word 'Body' as a heading-identify words that relate to the questions for the heading.
  • References-this is a list of all the books and articles you have cited in your document to support the discussion of your answers. References are essential for supporting your argument/discussion and making it valid. Lack of in-text references compromises value of your findings dramatically. Use Harvard (author-date) referencing style for your in-text citations as well as your list of references. You need to provide at least three (3)academic quality references published between 2011 and 2019. Do not use sources that were published before 2011. Use of Wikipedia and other similar websites is discouraged.

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