Knowledge OrganisationIntroduction Today’s organisations require all kinds of knowledge. However the information has to be compatible when it comes to the creation, storage and re-use. In every kind of research, either corporate or academic the multifaceted nature of knowledge is often discussed. However, when the knowledge is obtained and organized, it can easily be used and accessed, when knowledge is acquired it must be stored in such a manner that it can be understood, indexed, accessed without difficulty. It must also be cross referenced, searched, linked, and usually stored for maximum benefit for the employees and other members of an organisation.
Thus, the organisation of knowledge is the most important part of the entire knowledge cycle. In terms of an organisation’s intellectual capital, collective knowledge may be considered as their intellectual capital. As this kind of information is acquired from personal knowledge and other already existing organisational information resources, after arranging it, it is shared and then used or implemented by the employees- these at times even results in new information generated for the organisational memory (Hodge 2000).
This report shall be based on the Scenario that you have just been employed as Information Manager of an imaginary research/study establishment either self-standing or as part of a larger organisation. And you recommend that the information content of such a portal should be organised formally, in this case, by implementing an all encompassing corporate taxonomy based on a faceted classification from which a thesaurus would be generated. The organisation which has been selected for the report is a soft drink company named Schweppes Australia. Schweppes Australia produces its own products as well as for PepsiCo in Australia.
They produce 7up, Sunkist, Monster Energy. Apart from this they also produce drinks of P& N Beverages which they have acquired. The drinks they produce are Cool Ridge, Spring Valley fruit drinks and Fiji Water. Analysis Before analyzing the recommendations which are to be implemented in the above scenario it is important to understand the concept of knowledge organization and corporate taxonomy. The term knowledge organisation systems are used in order to utilize all kinds of methods for organizing information and promoting knowledge management. Such systems consist of classification and categorization schemes which have the ability to organize information at a general level, along with subject headings which may give detailed access, as well as authority files which are used for controlling different versions of important information (Alani etal 2000).
Such systems also consist of highly structured vocabularies, for instance thesauri, as knowledge organisation systems are meant for organizing information. Thus, the above given description and definition of knowledge organisation is extremely important to understand as the recommendations shall be based on this concept. Implication of Corporate Taxonomy in SchweppesTaxonomy is considered as a subject map of an organisation’s information.
In this case scenario it will reflect Schweppes‘s industry, the task and responsibilities of the employees who will utilize the information, and the reason behind using the information. Thus the corporate taxonomy may be considered as a complete conceptual map. In this case it may also be considered as an information access tool, as well as a communications and training tool which also sheds light on the record, proficiency and inside information which may help them to improve their business operations (Beaulieu 1997).
However, the taxonomy will have to provide special requirements and rationales before it can be implemented as a knowledge organisation system for Schweppes.