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Knowledge Creation Framework in Hypertext

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Looking at Professor Nonaka's SECI model, the knowledge is created through spiralling of tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge conversion. He emphasised on socialisation as the beginning of the knowledge created as he believes that the knowledge is embedded in individual. With that, the physical communication (with or without language) is essential as starting point of the knowledge creation.

However, the author thinks that socialization is not necessary in the knowledge creation utilising Hypertext.  This is due to the fact that, with emerging technology, most the communications are virtual between human. Human may communicate using virtual way, like emails, online chatting instead of personal contact. Hence, physical contact is eliminated to minimum.

The features of hypertext itself allow readers to create more knowledge even without direct contact with the authors. In fact, in hypertext of world, the authors’ roles are always blurred. The readers are always the co-author since they are given the freedom to do the connections between the nodes/documents.

Hence, the author proposed a framework which removed Socialization from SECI model. The proposed framework is now become ECI model.

The framework (ECI Model) is as illustrated as below:

Tips: Click on Externalization, Internalization, Combination and Critical Thinking below to understand further what they are!!

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