One thing about knowledge is that it is indivisible and one part of it leads to the other. Perhaps this is why it is said that “no knowledge is lost”. When we started the course, I must confess that I had little or no idea about the things that we were going to discuss in class. I starred blankly into the reading guideline and knew there that it was going to be a journey into knowledge acquisition. All I had before was a vague idea of the concepts we discussed in class. During the course, I saw a clearer picture of how I can relate to the differences in organizational needs.
I had the aprior knowledge that organizational survival can only be ensured by the coordination of all units in the organization. I was not really a fan of spotting individual abilities as I believe that this would be disintegrating the organization. However, the course made me see that as time changes, the organizational needs also changes. As Drucker identified, in the 20th century, success in companies was largely dependent on the machineries and the productivity of the manual workers. On the other, the 21st century company is built around knowledge workers and their productivity (Drucker, 1999).
This is because we are in the information age where success is dependent on the information, innovation and information channel at of the company (Soo, Devinney & Midgley, 1999). Equipped with this understanding, I will strive to train myself to the optimum level so that I will not be left out of the race. I want to be Human Resource personnel in future and I now know that for me to be relevant in the 21st century company, I must sharpen my skills and be innovative in my approach to things.
Knowledge workers are the future of the company and they hold the key to the growth ad development of any company. In conclusion, the course materials and the lectures served as an ockham’s razor that trimmed my faulty preconceived ideas and assumptions, leading me into reality and truth.
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