Ever since I was first introduced the concept of culture I was hooked. During my undergrad, I studied organization culture and at every opportunity focused my attention on this intrigue. There was something there, something in the midst of this field of study that had a sense of wonder. Maybe it was the fact that there was so much diversity. Organizational culture was never the same. there were always unique traditions, and storytelling frameworks, and highly diverse visual indicators. Without getting too off base, the topic of organizational culture is, and you guessed it, the topic for this blog as well as my final paper. My thinking has always been how technology has given us a new generation of organizational culture. We now communicate cross culturally, and with the widening distribution of knowledge management software and technology this become an easier and easier task for individuals all over the world.
The continuous advancement of globally networked technology has generated not only widespread content distribution but has also fostered the development of online/virtual communities. The anonymous nature of communication across the Internet offers individuals a heightened sense of confidence when searching for content and connecting with others regarding health related topics. Suddenly people from around the globe can now interact, share ideas, and provide support to others without ever having to leave the security of their homes. Such transformative change has now propelled knowledge management to heights it may have truly never expected.
Evaluating global group formation, intercultural networking roles and cross cultural decision making is without question a fascinating study of human behavior and interaction. Even more fascinating is the idea of establishing a global group culture and how the development of a cross cultural organizational culture can either lead to the remarkable success or ultimate demise of the group at hand.
There is a lot of research that describes an organization as a tribe, with its own language, hierarchy, ceremonies, customs and beliefs, I couldn’t help but relate these group culture characteristics to an organization I focused on in my final paper. The organization in question, is actually and cross cultural KM platform, the eXo Platform. eXo’s website provides a statement to describe the various capabilities and goals for individuals interested in joining the tribe.
“eXo Platform is ideal for building an online community of customers, partners or fans. You can provide them with discussion forums, collaborative FAQs and polls. Build topic-oriented sub communities or workgroups using spaces. Engage with your members via social networking. Send them email notifications to keep them coming back. Promote your products or services through the built-in web content management capabilities.” (exoplatform.com)
The idea is to see the eXo platform as a new generational shift. This platform is one of many that incorporate the capabilities to breakdown language barriers and offer the interface for users to share ideas and solutions with others within this online tribe like setting. Theses kind of platforms will undoubtedly continue to grow and become more encompassing and even easier to use. I can online imagine how much knowledge management will change in the very near future.
eXoplatform.com. Open source Enterprise social collaboration software by eXo Platform.
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