PSOL Develops Knowledge Management Programs

Posted: April 10, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

The rapid-fire changes taking place in our knowledge economy are matched by a revolution unfolding in the workplace. Organizations don’t work the way they used to, and there is a growing awareness of the need to retool to change with them. George Mason’s Program on Social and Organizational Learning (PSOL) is training professionals to meet these challenges with its knowledge management programs. These programs provide a fresh perspective on a relatively new field that addresses a problem common to all organizations–how can we understand and adapt to changes in an increasingly global and dynamic workplace?

“Organizations today are very different from the organizations of a century ago, or even 30 years ago,” says Mark Addleson, director of PSOL. “Knowledge management is the process of rethinking what matters in organizations and how we manage them. It’s a relatively new notion, but one that is growing in relevance.”

This new thrust emphasizes people and their ideas as the most important factor in organizations. The focus is on community and teamwork rather than traditional structure and hierarchy–on collaboration and cooperation rather than competition. George Mason’s programs in knowledge management, including an online certificate program in knowledge ecology, a certificate program in knowledge management for learning organizations, and a master’s degree in organizational learning with a knowledge management concentration, target mid-career professionals who have been working in “organizations that don’t work,” and have a curiosity about making them better, says Addleson.

For more information about the program, visit its web site at or call x31142. See the full story in the May issue of the Mason Gazette.

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