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Title: Envisioning Organisation Building In Health And Knowledge Systems
Authors: Raju, M.R.
Keywords: School of Management and Labour Studies
Bino Paul
Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: India as a country is very diverse in terms of its culture and heritage. The Medical Pluralism which exists in our country gives us various treatment options. Medical science is evolving every day and the vast amount of knowledge that is created each day is enormous. Managing knowledge in healthcare space has become a crucial need for preserving and developing better systems of treatment which is beneficial for the patients and can help in decreasing the costs of health care. Since the amount of research happening in health care is mostly in the field of Allopathy, the other systems of Medicine are yet to embrace the standards of research, documentation and codification which will enable the Indigenous systems of Medicine to embrace the „Evidence based Medicine‟ concept being followed in Allopathy right now. Knowledge management (KM) comprises a range of strategies and practices used in an organization to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of insights and experiences. Such insights and experiences comprise knowledge, either embodied in individuals or embedded in organizations as processes or practices ( Nonaka 1991). The amount of tacit knowledge lying untapped in traditional and folk medicine needs strategies to convert them into explicit knowledge. This study tries to look at existing gaps in managing knowledge in ISM. The study is done using case study method and primary data collection was conducted from Kerala and South Karnataka. The aim of the study was to build a model which will try to improve the knowledge management practices in ISM in the Indian context. The emerging trends of the study show a clear information asymmetry in this area, which needs attention from the part of practitioners as well as policy makers to address this issue. Other trend is the perception of different practitioners to other systems of Medicine. Without mutual respect for Medical pluralism that exists, there will not be much progress in the health care space and as we admire and respect our cultural diversity, we should also be proud and acceptable to the medical pluralism of our country.
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