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April 30, 2007


Barry Hardy

PS: For those community members particularly interested in our healthcare industry-related community activities there is clear guidance above to our recent and current activity e.g., on the issue of improving the performance of the healthcare industry on drug and patient safety. From InnovationWell community of practice activities we developed a shared meaning and understanding on a strategy for advancing our confidence in safety through a combination of scientific areas of innovation and knowledge management (e.g., creating a drug safety body of knowledge: see http://www.innovationwell.net/comty_drug ; also B. Hardy, P. Elkin, J. Averback, A.L. Fontaine, S. Kahn, Improving Confidence in Safety in Clinical Drug Development: The Science of Knowledge Management, The Monitor, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, p. 37-41, October 2006.). To transition this community of practice activity (co-learning) to community of innovation activity (creating value both inside and outside the community), we will look to combine the shared understanding and meaning from InnovationWell with eCheminfo discovery informatics community of practice activity (http://www.echeminfo.com/ ) which together could create the required network with the competency to carry out the new required R&D to make progress on this challenging problem. Subject to validated success of the R&D in predictive toxicology, this network in turn will serve as an innovation incubator for the creation of new virtual organisation-based services. Finally, international cooperation has the potential to add a final key ingredient required for success. (See “International Cooperation in Predictive Toxicology“, http://barryhardy.blogs.com/cheminfostream/2007/03/international_c.html ). The radical constructivist view of a knowledge management methodology should guide the significant role of KM in such initiatives.


Mark Runyan

Is it not a common goal for KM professionals to articulate as much tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge as possible? Or should more of the efforts be applied towards methods to capture the “HOW” as to provide context to form a “negotiation of meaning”.

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