We are entering the new financial year with Mr. Gordon Brown recognizing that although Britain is amongst the most successful of the richest seven industrial economies, our productivity as measured by output per worker lags behind rivals like the USA and France. Tax measures are rumoured to be in place to encourage the investment of major Organisations in intellectual property, or, in terms we understand, knowledge bases from which to run the enterprise. The Sunday Times reports that knowledge is now overtaking products as a top earner in the US, earning around £26b in licensing and royalties compared to £29b from aircraft sales. 'The shift towards the knowledge economy is well known' so any tax breaks in the UK should be welcome news.
To make knowledge management work, Organisations need to extract the years of experience from longer term employees and place the information in a place and in a format that can be readily accessed by those who are less experienced or absent minded. Making this actually happen however, is in our experience, no mean achievement. Senior personnel are justifiably reluctant to 'share' their knowledge and experience ‘with the organisation’ as they often feel that it diminishes their own worth. So how will Gordon Brown help organisations tease this valuable information from key personnel?
This is clearly an issue that is certainly not going to go away. We would welcome the opportunity to further the debate in the health & safety environment. Our new ToolKit CS™ Compliance System has all the tools required to manage knowledge and we look forward to providing our new tool for that application area as an extension to our health & safety applications.
We would be interested in hearing your views on this issue and in publishing the results appropriately. To comment, please email us at: KC@aisolutions.co.uk
Our next Construction Industry Seminar is scheduled for 11 April in Milton Keynes. The event is very nearly full and we will need to close our attendee list very soon. If you are intending to join us, please let us know now so that we can ensure a place for you. Our web site has full details of the event including the charges which include a buffet lunch for the event which runs from 09:30 until 14:00. To register for this event please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be showing our new ToolKit CS™ Compliance System at the Construction Industry Seminar - 11 April 2002. Scheduled for release initially as an Asbestos Management solution, we will be conducting presentations to our key prospects during the next few weeks. Please contact us if you would like an invitation to one of the early presentations so that we can schedule you into the presentation program. To contact us, please email email@example.com.
The latest newsletter from the HSE Asbestos Campaign managers is available for download from our web site.
We are continuing our series of open training sessions for CDM ToolKit™ users at our Leighton Buzzard headquarters. Our next session is on Tuesday 23rd April 2002, 2.30 – 4.30pm. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.