As we move from the industrial age to the information age, the key to the competitive success of organizations becomes the application and development of specialized knowledge and competencies. Based on research and practice, Managing Knowledge addresses a wide area of issues concerning knowledge management, ranging from knowledge transfer and developments between organizations, to knowledge management within organizations. Divided into two parts, this volume reflects a fundamental conceptual distinction between two worldviews. The first part contains chapters characterized by “representationism,” or traditional approaches to viewing knowledge transfer and cooperative strategies; the second part comprises chapters characterized by “antirepresentationism,” or new perspectives on knowledge and knowledge transfer in organizational cooperation. Contrasting established approaches with new thinking on knowledge as an organizational resource, Managing Knowledge will be important and stimulating reading for academics and students in strategic management and general management studies.

A Note on the Epistemology of Globalizing Firms

A note on the epistemology of globalizing firms
Georgvon Krogh, JohanRoos and GeorgeYip

This chapter addresses knowledge development in globalizing firms. The concept of globalizing firms encompasses international, multinational and/or global firms. The objective is to contribute to a theory of knowledge in globalizing firms, that is, to an epistemology of globalizing firms. This chapter represents a snapshot of an ongoing knowledge development process and is primarily aimed at fueling the discourse in the realms of management and organizational studies. The reader will find that the epistemology of globalizing firms that is being brought forth here is distinct from conventional organizational epistemologies. We also aim to shed light on some of the questions raised in Chapter 1 of the ...

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