Written by some of the leading international scholars in the field, this book presents the current state-of-the-art in knowledge management.

The book offers a strong response to the need for a body of scientific knowledge on the understanding, managing and measuring of knowledge in organizations and brings an international perspective to bear on the issues bridging theory and practice through case study illustrations from Europe, Japan and American companies.

Organizational Knowledge and Learning

Organizational knowledge and learning

We human beings are human beings only in language. Because we have language, there is no limit to what we can describe, imagine, and relate. It thus permeates our whole ontogeny as individuals: from walking to attitudes to politics. (Maturana and Varela, 1992: 212)

The issue of core competencies has been brought to the fore in the business literature in the last few years (Prahalad and Hamel, 1990; Stalk et al., 1992; Collis and Montgomery, 1995) and organizational knowledge has been construed as the basic capability behind such competencies. Some authors refer to organizational knowledge as the only source of advantage for business organizations in the future given that, unlike all the other sources, knowledge is endogenous to the ...

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