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Knowledge in four deformation dimensions

Tywoniak, Stephane (2005) Knowledge in four deformation dimensions. In EGOS Symposium, June 2005, Berlin. (Unpublished)

Abstract

This paper sketches out a complexity conceptualization of knowledge. Building from evolutionary theories, it defines knowledge as rules that reduce environmental uncertainty through connections between ideas and facts. Following, knowledge is conceived as a structure validated through action, a process contextualized in individual experience and a system contextualized in social and cultural experience. Knowledge exhibits four characteristics of of a complex system: it is ensitive to initial conditions, it exhibits multiple feedback loops, it is non-linear, and recursively symmetrical Four inter-dependent deformation dimensions of knowledge are identified (personal, common, tacit, and explicit) and their interactions are discussed. This conceptualization of knowledge as a complex system contributes to the knowledge-based theory of the firm by providing some micro-foundations to organizational knowledge, and it opens the opportunity to re-think theories about communities of practice, entrepreneurship and firm creation, the role of managers, and knowledge management.

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ID Code: 6470
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: knowledge, Stephane Twyoniak
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Stephane Tywoniak
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:29

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