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Business BookIn the book The 7 Fundamentals to Create and Sustain A Successful Knowledge Sharing Organization, author Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger says, ‘To encourage employees to share the knowledge gained through experience requires building trust and an understanding of how their knowledge will be used.'”
Janine Schindler, MCC Forbes Councils Member, Forbes.comWhat’s Behind Employee Knowledge Hoarding and How to Fix IT.

The 7 Fundamentals to Create and Sustain a Successful Knowledge Sharing Organization: A collection of valuable findings from an Aerospace Industry Case Study (Paperback version, 151 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0989904223; eBook version, ISBN-10: 0989904229), and Audiobook now available.

As digital business strategies continue to evolve, corporate leaders and information system professionals are attempting to develop successful workforce knowledge sharing systems designed to enhance employee collaboration, innovation, and productivity in today’s fluctuating, multigenerational environment.

The 7 Fundamentals to Create and Sustain a Successful Knowledge Sharing Organization reports findings discovered through a case study of a multinational corporation, referred to as Aerospace Inc., specializing in the design, manufacture, and delivery of aerospace products.  This case study explores an internally developed social networking tool used by Aerospace Inc. to deliver online collaboration capabilities to employees globally.  As a result, seven vital components were identified to create and sustain a successful knowledge sharing organization.

Sharing knowledge and learning are social activities. Dr. Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger shows how the combination of sound KM fundamentals and social media will improve the exchange of knowledge to accelerate learning. Leaders are provided with practical examples of what is needed to drive engagement across generations. The 7 Fundamentals to Create and Sustain a Successful Knowledge Sharing Organization provides a wake-up call for smart leaders to leverage and grow their experts while retaining young talent.
Cindy Hubert, Executive Director of Client Solutions, American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC), and Author of The New Edge in Knowledge: How KM is Changing the Way We Do Business

Patricia leads the reader into a forest of issues associated with workforce social networking, and out the other side, to knowledge sharing benefits that can shine on a corporation if these seven fundamentals are addressed; she accomplishes this using candid inputs from actual practitioners.” 
— Tim Bridges, former Knowledge Management Executive, and Contributing Author to Project Management Institute and Harvard Business Review.

The 7 Fundamentals to Create and Sustain a Knowledge Sharing Organization helped to inform the knowledge-sharing portion of my thesis for Design Management studies at SCAD. I really appreciated the insights shared by Dr. Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger on how to build a successful knowledge-sharing program within an organization using an internal social media platform with the goal of having team members begin to share organically (without prodding). Open, regular knowledge-sharing is a necessary component for a well-informed, innovative workforce that is growth-oriented.
— Tonya Humiston, Marketing Strategies Manager, Humiston Design, Co.

Knowledge Sharing Meme

Corporate Knowledge Sharing
Dr. Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger

Teaching Adult Students OnlineTeaching Adult Students Online: A Corporate Geek Girl’s Journal  (Paperback version, 162 pages, ISBN-10: 1507632142; eBook Version, ISBN-13: 978-1507632147), will provide you with some key elements to consider while teaching adult students online.

Throughout her career in information technology, Patricia has witnessed a transformation in how conglomerates hire, train, and share information. Gone are the days of on-site interviews, face-to-face staff meetings, and in-house corporate training. Those changes have been motivated by advancements in technology, and this steady pace of change only appears to be accelerating. Employees are expected to learn new innovations and associated processes, and management must also adopt new ways to share knowledge and retrain staff to stay competitive. However, corporations are not the only entities facing the challenges that come with the progression of technology; academic institutions are also exploring innovations and developing strategies to help faculty become more effective and technology-savvy instructors.

While pursuing a Ph.D. in information technology education, one of Patricia’s professors advised her students to keep a journal of learning objectives and research findings throughout their educational journeys. These personal journals would become valuable references to them once they commenced on their own journeys to teach higher education courses online. As a result, she began to observe similar teaching fundamentals in corporate and academia. Teaching Adult Students Online: a Corporate Geek Girl’s Journal will highlight key areas to consider throughout your journey teaching adults online. Whether we like it or not, our world is becoming more virtualized, and as technology continues to evolve, so will the ways in which we learn, teach, and do business.

Distance Learning, Is It Right for You?Distance Learning: Is it Right for You?  (Paperback version, 111 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9899042-0-9; eBook Version,  ISBN: 978-0-9899042-1-6), will provide the basic knowledge you need to ease into your distance learning experience.

During the past decade, there has been a substantial increase in the number of students participating in distance learning programs offered by universities globally. The popularity of learning in this type of environment can be attributed to the fast-paced evolution of information technology. The convenience of choosing a distance learning program can be of great benefit for busy individuals: students with full-time jobs, full-time mothers, and those who wish to reside near their families while attending college. Distance learning can be a rewarding experience equal to, and perhaps even greater than, education in a traditional classroom environment.

Topics include types of distance learning delivery methods, financial aid resources, available degree options, necessary tools, skills used and acquired in distance learning, and the importance of health and education. We also include a list of top universities offering free distance learning courses so that you can get a taste of how you might adapt to a distance learning environment. While reading this book consider your own strengths and weaknesses to determine whether distance learning is the right choice for you.

Being Fruitful Without MuiltiplyingIndependent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Gold Medal Winner:  Being Fruitful without Multiplying: Stories and Essays from Around the World is an anthology of true stories by many women and a few men revolving around the elements of nature and nurture that led to their decisions not to procreate.  Published by Coffeetown Press (254 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-155-2).

The project began as a memoir by three authors with family ties and ended as a conversation that included women and men ranging in age from twenty to sixty-one. Seventeen states and thirteen countries outside the U.S. are represented.

Childfree, childless … these are the labels society gives to women who do not bear children, due to choice or genetics.

Being Fruitful without Multiplying started as one woman’s quest to come to terms with her decision not to bear children. In conversation with Renee and Janice—two close relatives from different generations—Patricia found that they shared another, unexpected bond: each belonged to childless or childfree social networks. All three were weary of questions from well-meaning people who wondered why they had not born children. As they began to reach out to others in earnest, they found that many who belonged to their diverse online communities were eager to share their stories. Some had chosen to be childfree and some were childless because of biological factors but grew to appreciate the advantages. Some of those who chose not to reproduce still decided to become stepparents or adopt.

Over sixty women and a few men added their voices to those of the three main authors. The result is this rich and varied anthology, which includes stories from many different countries, cultures and income groups.

Say Yvette: “What began as a family conversation comparing notes about the choice not to bear children soon grew into a worldwide discussion through social networking childfree and childless communities. Who knew virtual communities such as these existed and would be so large, diverse and vocal?”

Being Fruitful without Multiplying is currently available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook on, at select Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores as well as, and Amazon Japan. Bookstores and libraries can order through Ingram or by contacting Libraries can also order through Midwest Library Service or Follett Library Resources.  Feel free to join our Facebook Group.

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