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Discusses the concept of agnotology and Rogers' theory - Diffusion of Innovation - in relation to societal and organizational behavior.

Discusses the concept of agnotology and Rogers' theory - Diffusion of Innovation - in relation to societal and organizational behavior.

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    • S Agnotology & Cultural Ignorance The Problem of Too Much Information LIS 880 Knowledge Management Session 2, Part I
    • Referenced Readings Proctor RN, Schiebinger L (2008). Agnotology: A Missing Term to Describe the Cultural Production of Ignorance (and its Study) (pp. 1-33). Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ingorance. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Berwick DM. Disseminating innovations in health care. JAMA. 2003;289(15):1969-1975.
    • Agnotology S The study of ignorance S The cultural production of ignorance S Information explosion = ignorance
    • 3 Types or Variants of Ignorance S Native State or Native Ignorance (natural state) S Lost Realm, Selective Choice or Passive Construct (too much information) S Strategic Ploy or Active Construct S Native State & Lost Realm most pertinent to organizations
    • Examples of Agnotology S Tobacco Industry
    • Other Examples S Healthcare Bill S President Obama’s Religion S 2012 Election S Propaganda, Censorship, Misinformation
    • The Information Cascade? S Sometimes known as herding action where decisions are made based on others’ knowledge independent of your own knowledge S Also explains rumors and misinformation in an organization
    • Why Agnotology? S If these problems persist in a society, is it not logical to conclude they exist in an organization? S Example: Straight Razor or Clippers for pre-surgical shave prep? S Another example: Alice Stewart Dare to Disagree
    • Wrap Up S Part II we discuss how ideas spread S Dissemination of innovations S And the curious case of scurvy in the British Royal Navy