Knowledge and organisations: review of three challenges to the conventional logic and a philosophical agenda for future research

Wojciech Marek Kwiatkowski*

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Abstract

In this paper, I bring together three modes of understanding knowledge and its construction in the organisational context that emerged out of the critique of the conventional view promulgated, in particular, by strategic management literature (e.g. Grant, 1996; Kogut & Zander, 1992, 2003; Teece, Pisano & Shuen, 1997). Drawing on their core concepts I label them ‘tacit-explicit continuum’, ‘communities of practice’ and ‘interrelated practices’, respectively. Despite their shared origin, their relationship over the years has become increasingly distant and in some cases even antagonistic. Plurality has been replaced by factionalism that undermines the overall critical effort. I propose that rather than perpetuating such state of affairs we theorise from the dissonance between the three traditions and set out an abductive philosophical research agenda that will enable it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2018 : Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times - Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
https://www.bam.ac.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=3337 (Conference website)

Conference

ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleBAM2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period4/09/186/09/18
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Keywords

  • organisational knowledge
  • knowledge
  • knowing
  • learning
  • communities of practice
  • practice

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