Innovative practices for collaborative knowledge generation are on in many places in Thailand and specifically in medicine. Instead of the classical one way communication of popularized information from scientific institutions or specialized popularization areas and media toward the non-specialists, one may observe the raise of practices within which patients play an active role all along physicists and medical teams’ implication. This new deal matches tacit knowledge and needs from patients and their relatives, and explicit scientific knowledge from health and care professionals within a transforming knowledge process useful for all the stakeholders. To analyze these practices, the Nonaka’s theory of Ba (“Collaborative Strategy Knowledge Communities”, or “shared space in motion”) and SECI model (Socialization, Exteriorization, Combination & Internalization) are worth. Based on a shared interest of curing and caring, professionals and patients integrate new ways to be, including empathy, openmindedness and doubtful attitudes. To illustrate this growing trend in Thailand, this paper will present results from various case-studies in health care.

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The issue of collaborative knowledge creation
Thai case studies in health care.

Pierre Fayard   University of Poitiers, France

Yuwanuch Tinnaluck   Independant Scholar, Thailand

Innovative practices for collaborative knowledge generation are on in many places in Thailand and specifically in medicine. Instead of the classical one way communication of popularized information from scientific institutions or specialized popularization areas and media toward the non-specialists, one may observe the raise of practices within which patients play an active role all along physicists and medical teams’ implication. This new deal matches tacit knowledge and needs from patients and their relatives, and explicit scientific knowledge from health and care professionals within a transforming knowledge process useful for all the stakeholders. To analyze these practices, the Nonaka’s theory of Ba (“Collaborative Strategy Knowledge Communities”, or “shared space in motion”) and SECI model (Socialization, Exteriorization, Combination & Internalization) are worth. Based on a shared interest of curing and caring, professionals and patients integrate new ways to be, including empathy, openmindedness and doubtful attitudes. To illustrate this growing trend in Thailand, this paper will present results from various case-studies in health care.

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