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How Thumbelina Knows

Version 1 : Received: 3 August 2016 / Approved: 4 August 2016 / Online: 4 August 2016 (08:30:38 CEST)

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De Michelis, G. How Thumbelina Knows. Informatics 2016, 3, 22. De Michelis, G. How Thumbelina Knows. Informatics 2016, 3, 22.


In this paper I take the book by Michel Serres “Thumbelina” as the occasion for a reflection on the conceptual basis of knowledge management, as it was built by Ikujiro Noanka and co-workers. The direct access to knowledge that Thumbelina practices together with her peers is, in fact, for me, a god observation point to bring the reflection of Nonaka further, towards the discovery of a new understanding of knowledge and knowing processes. If the digital revolution is third step after writing and printing, in the soft changes in the relations between human beings and knowledge, then it poses in an urgent manner the problem to deepen our understanding of what knowledge and intelligence are and to change our practice at the education level and to design new digital tools to support our knowledge management processes.


knowledge management; tacit knowledge; explicit knowledge


Computer Science and Mathematics, Information Systems

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