The Wealth of People – Collaboration and Knowledge Governance – A Strategic Discussion Paper – How the Digital Environment Re-Frames the Future of Knowledge and Work – From Knowledge Management to Social Computing


  1. Verdon, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN) Corporate Office
The paper examines the implications of hyper-connectivity associated with social media and argues that the purpose of traditional organizational architecture aimed at minimizing ‘transaction costs’ must be re-evaluated. The traditional approach to organization human/collective efforts may now impose higher transactions cost than other structures mediated through digital networks. However, emerging digital environment and social media capabilities represent new modes of production that proliferate architectures of participation. To harness related capabilities organizational architectures will soon require new sets of rules – institutional, and governance frameworks based on the unprecedented collapse of traditional costs associated with search, transaction, communication and coordination of any large collective and collaborative efforts of people and organizations. Institutional innovation is needed in order to harness the cost savings made possible by new modes of production. The wicked problem for organizations is the challenge of developing an internal space for richer, more agile cloud-labor and talent-commons providing ‘just-in-time’ group-forming and peer collaboration within and between organizations. This would increase the capability to search a larger solution space, enable knowledge to flow and increase human and social capital and trust. These critical factors set the conditions for current and future operational agility. The concept of hyperspecializati

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Report Number
DRDC-CORPORATE-TM-2012-003 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2012
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