Knowledge Sharing is a process. And in some firms, this process has been institutionalized. Toyota is one of those firms
Yokoten literally translates as “across everywhere” and means the horizontal sharing of knowledge and experience and the horizontal deployment of practice improvements. It is a process which avoids the development of pockets of excellence within and organisation, and results in the spreading of knowledge across the whole organisation. The Ford Best Practice Replication system is a version of Yokoten, though Yokoten refers to the sharing of all knowledge rather than best practices per se.
Here is the wild idea – knowledge sharing is a business model as well. It is a busines smodel that creates new markets. Take Five is interested in that.