Explicit knowledge is knowledge covering topics that are easy to systematically document (in writing), and share out at scale — what we think of as formalized learning.
Explicit knowledge includes things like FAQs, how-tos, textbooks, and this article.
Tacit knowledge is knowledge that’s difficult to share in a systematic and straightforward way — things that are often “understood” without necessarily being said.
Implicit knowledge is passed from person to person, rather than formalized and documented. This can include workarounds, institutional memory, and intangibles such as how to operate in a specific culture.
Did you know🕵️? In traditional knowledge management, only explicit knowledge was captured due to the difficulty of scaling and maintaining a large, formal knowledge base.