His research has just recently been rewarded by the ACS Award for Creative work in Fluorine Chemistry 2018. in sciences, is full professor at University of Mons (Mons, Belgium) where he leads the Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center of Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers CIRMAP.
He published about 500 research papers, including 14 reviews, 15 books or book chapters, respectively, filed more than 20 patents and has given more than 200 invited lectures. His expertise covers organic chemistry; macromolecular chemistry; catalysis in polymer materials; and (reactive) processing of (nano)composites and nanohybrid materials, including biosourced polymers.
This is an in-depth look at knowledge transfer from one the great experts on the topic.
Pentland describes social physics as “a quantitative social science that describes reliable, mathematical connections between information and ideas on the one hand, and people’s behavior on the other.’ He builds on Bandura’s theory of social learning, “the fundamental assumption that learning from examples of other people’s behavior (and the relevant contextual feature) is a major and likely dominant mechanism of behavior change in humans.”Pentland found that he can study patterns of information exchange in a social network without any knowledge of the actual content being exchanged, and using that data, can predict how effective a network is, whether a small team or a large organization.
Much of the very helpful research and theory that under lies our field of KM is produced in the related disciplines of Organization Behavior, Organization Learning, Group Dynamics, Computer Science, and Organizational Psychology.
Following are summaries of three such, highly acclaimed, books that have recently been published.
In one such study Pentland found that 50% of the variation in performance across groups and tasks can be explained by: He concludes that leaders need to focus on changing the connections between people rather than focusing on getting individual people to change their behavior.
His findings are ideas that KM has been saying all along, but Pentland has the data to prove it.
He is also a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Leibniz Center for Science and Society at his university as well as chairman of the joint graduate program of the universities of Hannover and Bielefeld in “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research”. degree from the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 1986.
His research interests include the social epistemology of science, the philosophy of applied science, the political philosophy of science and philosophy of mathematics. He started his independent research career at the Humboldt-University in the Chemistry Faculty in 1988 when he entered into an Assistant Professor position.
The book has advice for managers in terms of how to determine what knowledge is critical to transfer.