Tama dashi kai – a brainstorming camp, informal meeting for discussions to solve difficult problems is one of the examples of tacit-tacit knowledge creation given by Nonaka & Takeuchi (1995, 76). Nowadays this would be called a workshop, which quite often has some structure, but also multiple themes, not necessarily just one. One rule is that there should not be no criticism, but constructive suggestions, familiar, eh? Probably just good psychology as nothing gets people to shy away, if they feel attacked in any shape or form. Discussion are less fun, if someone is constantly poking and undermining raw ideas. You never know when one raw idea, leads to next idea, which leads to the next, but these thought cycles do not happen if the ideas do not flow free.
“Interactions with customers before product development and after market introduction are, in fact, a never-ending process of sharing tacit knowledge and creating ideas for improvement” (Nonaka & Takeuchi, 1995, 77)
Neither in that case should block ideas either. Effectively skipping the tacit to explicit conversion and explicit to tacit, then the second interesting case is the from explicit-to-explicit case (for symmetry, too).
Reconfiguration of existing information through sorting, adding, combining, and categorizing of explicit knowledge (as conducted in computer databases) can lead to new knowledge. (Nonaka & Takeuchi, 1995, 80)
Actually what I started to wonder already in the first case of knowledge creation is how this all could be combined to the ‘robotics ideology’, i.e. when algorithms and robots take more visible roles, does it also change the knowledge creation, innovation and conversion. All this might lead to the back to the origins and definitions – what actually does knowledge mean? N&T (1995, 72) give it 3 properties, i.e. that knowledge is about beliefs and commitment; knowledge involves action towards some end; and third knowledge is about meaning – context-specific & relational. So, all in all, it all depends…