Conceptual Management Tools – A Guide to Essential Models for Knowledge Workers: This 38 pages paper provides an in –depth analysis of management tools in the context of knowledge workers.
The paper introduces, explains and categorizes thirty-five conceptual management tools. The selection ranges from well-known tools such as mind-mapping and the Fife forces model to more special tools like pareto charts and synergy-maps. The tools are clustered according to their strength of assisting analytical vs. creative thinking and their use in individual vs. collaborative context.
Nevertheless, it goes far beyond a list of tools by providing a lot of background information. Hence, the reader learns about the nature of conceptual management tools, their conceptual principles which determine their purpose and benefits, quality criteria for such tools, and more.
In the first part, the paper provides a great background for working with such tools. Elements, goals and situations for use of conceptual tools are discussed. Then, the author develops and explains five principles on which such tools rely.
Following that, the thirty-five tools are introduced end evaluated. The evaluation part helps managers to prioritize the application of existing and new tools for their work.
In summary, this paper helps managers to compile their individual kit of management tools. It provides them guidelines and examples of conceptual management tool application. For further reading, an extensive list of references is attached.
Link >> Conceptual Management Tools – A Guide to Essential Models for Knowledge Workers
Link >> knowledge-communication.org : additional information about knowledge communication and visualization in management, e.g. a glossary, case studies, and more papers and publications
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