Explicit knowledge resides in an organization in terms of reports, documents, manuals, procedures etc. They are easy to communicate and share in comparison to tacit knowledge. Explicit knowledge can be stored in way of data or best practices and can easily be transmitted or shared using IT tools. Here IT plays an important role to maintain explicit knowledge. Explicit knowledge alone can't create a learning organization.
Explicit knowledge has to interact with tacit knowledge with various knowledge creation processes and drive the KM program. Explicit knowledge without tacit insight finally loses its meanings. Research document is created by means of interactions between tacit and explicit knowledge rather than from tacit or explicit alone.