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Creative Management and Development has been updated with newly commissioned and leading edge chapters on intuitive cognition, complexity, emotion, team innovation, development, and well-being. The textbook retains seminal papers on creativity, perception, style, culture, and sustainable development. The contributors to this textbook represent a broad spectrum of perspectives from among the most distinguished names in the field. They give a clear overview of the topics discussed while explaining their practical implications. This textbook is published as a Course Reader for The Open University Course Creativity, Innovation and Change (B822) but will engage and challenge students interested in creative ways of managing, different approaches to developing creativity in organizations and creative leadership.
Chapter 5: Organizational Knowledge Creation
Organizational Knowledge Creation
The distinctive approach of Western philosophy to knowledge has profoundly shaped the way organizational theorists treat knowledge. The Cartesian split between subject and object, the knower and the known, has given birth to a view of the organization as a mechanism for ‘information processing’. According to this view, an organization processes information from the external environment in order to adapt to new circumstances. Although this view has proven to be effective in explaining how organizations function, it has a fundamental limitation. When organizations innovate, they do not simply process information, from the outside in, in order to solve existing problems and adapt to a changing environment. They actually create new knowledge and information, from the inside out, in ...