Transfer of Knowledge/Learning

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  • The process of being able to take knowledge or learning (skills) from one context and applying it to another with similar characteristics. For organizational learning, this process relates to the practical problem of shifting knowledge/ learning from one part of the organization to the entire organization. However, knowledge/learning transfer is complex because learning is often situated in particular situations or tied to specific contexts, knowledge resides in the execution of certain practices, and tacit knowledge is known but difficult to articulate. Transfer failures may represent a metacognitive problem, since individuals do not fully understand the utility of the knowledge or strategies they are learning. Practices that support the transfer of knowledge/learning include the development of communities of practice, mentoring, and guided practice. Transfer of knowledge/learning ...

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