Middle English transferren, from Anglo-French transferrer, from Latin transferre, from trans- + ferre to carry


transitive verb
  • 1 a : to convey from one person, place, or situation to another : move, shift
b : to cause to pass from one to another : transmit
c : transform, change
intransitive verb


Knowledge transfer in the fields of organizational development and organizational learning is the practical problem of transferring knowledge from one part of the organization to another (or all other) part(s) of the organization. Like Knowledge Management, Knowledge transfer seeks to organize, create, capture or distribute knowledge and ensure its availability for future users. It is considered to be more than just a communication problem. If it were merely that, then a memorandum, an e-mail or a meeting would accomplish the knowledge transfer. Knowledge transfer is more complex because (1) knowledge resides in organizational members, tools, tasks, and their subnetworks and much knowledge in organizations is tacit or hard to articulate. The subject has been taken up under the title of Knowledge Management since the 1990s.[1]

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