Virtual enterprises, like their traditional counterparts, face the challenge of surviving in an ever evolving market. Virtual enterprises are characterized by their distributed nature. Processes and resources are assigned over a network of specialized enterprises. Their survival is dependent on individual performances as well as the performance of the global network. Knowledge is the most valuable resource in adapting to technological change. Sainz (2002) clearly states it saying: the human capital is not only a factor utilized for goods production but also the agent that generates and implements the technological change in a company. So managing this “human capital” involves understanding their capabilities (knowledge) and fostering their technical skills (training) (Allee, 1997). This paper develops the concept of knowledge-based e-learning. We will go over the basics of e-learning and will offer the reader some of the latest joint knowledge- management/e-learning strategies to ensure high performance by virtual enterprises.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Pedagogy: Systematized learning or instruction concerning principles and methods of teaching.
Explicit Knowledge: Explicit knowledge consists of any piece of information that can be documented, archived and codified, often with the help of information technology.
User-Centered Design: System design that takes the user as the main point of interest and evaluates actions from the user’s point of view.
Tacit Knowledge: Knowledge that enters into the production of behaviors and/or the constitution of mental states but is not ordinarily accessible to consciousness.
Curriculum: The term curriculum comes from words meaning to “run a (race) course” and refers to a sequence of steps or stages in teaching and learning specific content.
Career Counselor: Member of a company that is assigned to an employee to counsel them on career opportunities within the company.
Instructional Designer: It is the person in charge of creating detailed specifications for the development, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of situations that facilitate the learning of both large and small units of subject matter at all levels of complexity.