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KIRO

Knowledge Innovation Research Office

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Welcome to KIRO (Knowledge Innovation Research Office)

This is an English digest of KIRO website. Here are some key concepts we have been exploring.

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Knowledge Innovation

In the creative economy, daily, collective, continuous, imaginative, conceptual innovation is much more required than "grand" technological innovation or organizational improvement. That is the new stage for innovation for enterprise, industry and regions. Innovation's nature is diffusion of new knowledge in the society and life. Knowledge innovation is not about things or materials but about events, experiences, humans.

"Ba"

In order to make innovation continual, disciplines, processes, and ba (a Japanese word for shared places, networks, or contexts among people) for knowledge creation have to be embedded in the organization as part of its culture.

Link to The Concept of "Ba": Building a Foundation for Knowledge Creation
by Ikujiro Nonaka and Noboru Konno

Knowledge Design

Knowledge design is methodology. It is designing not about things or materials or hardware products, but rather about events, phenomena, or experiences. It is a way of embedding knowledge of things (and technology) into events (process). Here the process of abduction rather than cling to analytical approaches is important. This process of abduction should be followed by deduction (applying the hypothesis) and induction (observing and verifying it).

Link to "The Age of Knowledge Design: A View from Japan"by Noboru Konno
The paper is based on my book, The Knowledge Design Company (Nikkei Publishing, 2008). It centers on the challenges Japanese firms currently face amid such changes and discusses a new perspective that seems to be useful for them. I believe this perspective will offer insights for companies in other parts of the world as well.

Evaluation of Knowledge Assets

In the midst of the transition to the knowledge economy, knowledge assets created by firms have become the primary component of values. Thus to make knowledge assets visible in the process of knowledge creation is regarded as a fundamental activity of firms. Concurrently, the achievements of knowledge workers who create knowledge should be evaluated not only by their performance at specific points of time (for example performance indicators for the current fiscal year) but also as knowledge assets as they will be transformed into value over time. Nonetheless, there have been relatively few efforts to grasp knowledge as assets in the process of knowledge creation.

Knowledge Workplace

As the shift to the knowledge society / economy continues to advance, it has been pointed out that the management organization model of the 20th century has not responded to this change.....
Link to "Knowledge Workplace: Knowledge Management and Office Design" by Noboru Konno

About Noboru Konno

President of KIRO (Knowledge Innovation Research Organization) and Professor at Tama Graduate School of Management and Information Science and Specially Appointed Professor at New Era Office Center at Kyoto Institute of Technology,Advisor for Nikken Sekkei. Ph.D. (Management Information Science).

His recent studies and projects include knowledge innovation, design thinking, workplace for knowledge creation (concept of “ba”).
He also has been a juror of Japan’s Good Design Award since 2004.

Konno has written several books: Intellectualizing Capability (coauthored with Ikujiro Nonaka in 1995, and voted Global Best Business Book by the Financial Times); Management Based on Knowledge Assets (1998); An Encouragement of Knowledge-based Management (2000), Introduction to Knowledge Management (2002, coauthored with Ikujiro Nonaka); Methodology of Knowledge Creation (2003, coauthored with Ikujiro Nonaka), Management of Creative Paradigm (2004), Dynamic Knowledge Asset (2007), Knowledge Design Company(2008).