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.

Chapter 8: An Essay on Corporate Epistemology

An Essay on Corporate Epistemology

An essay on corporate epistemology
Georgvon Krogh, JohanRoos and KenSlocum

Dear reader, please try to forget the reality you have previously constructed and let yourself be open to the signals this chapter carries. These signals are truly distinct from those in previous articles and books within the strategic management field. The starting point is how managers understand and ensure knowledge development in organizations, and the theoretical lens is autopoiesis theory.

In our opinion, rethinking the strategy paradigm implies rethinking how we view the organization. In this chapter, rethinking the organization means developing a new theory of organizational knowledge, that is, a corporate epistemology. Epistemology is a branch of one of the grand divisions of philosophy, namely methodology, and deals with the ways of ...

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