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Clarity in Knowledge Communication

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abstract Knowledge communication is an essential mechanism to facilitate intra- and interorganizational knowledge transfer. In order to improve the efficiency of knowledge communication, organizations need to pay particular attention to the clarity of conveyed knowledge in order not to create confusion, misunderstandings, or misapplication of knowledge. In this contribution, we show where and how the concept of clarity matters for knowledge management in general, and for knowledge communication in particular. We review and operationalize the clarity concept so that it can become the object of a systematic management effort. Furthermore, we show ways of how clarity can be pro-actively and systematically managed. We have tested our conception of clarity in a survey on clarity in knowledge-focused presentations, and we present the results in this paper.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords clarity, ambiguity, knowledge communication, knowledge transfer, PowerPoint
presentations
   
name of conference 10th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies (Graz (Austria))
date of conference 27-7-2010
title of proceedings Proceedings of I-KNOW 2010
page(s) 162-174
publisher Verlag der Technischen Universit├Ąt (Graz)
review double-blind review
   
citation Bischof, N., & Eppler, M. J. (2010). Clarity in Knowledge Communication. In Tochtermann, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of I-KNOW 2010, pp.162-174. Graz: Verlag der Technischen Universit├Ąt.