Category Archives: Knowing

The myth of knowledge objects: the gap between knowing and acting

Read My last couple of posts have been about how important context is in KM. Without connecting to people, conversing and re-contextualising we are not really doing KM. In my mind knowledge doesn’t come in packets off a shelf; it’s … Continue reading

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From Organizational Learning to Practice-Based Knowing

Read Different streams of research, traversing the boundaries of scientific discipline, are converging on an understanding (and a methodology) based on a pragmatic theory of knowing that reframes traditional research into organizational learning. Practice is the figure of discourse that … Continue reading


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Bridging Epistemologies – The Generative Dance between Organizational Knowledge and Organizational Knowing

Read Much current work on organizational knowledge, intellectual capital, knowledge-creating organizations, knowledge work, and the like rests on a single, traditional understanding of the nature of knowledge. We call this understanding the “epistemology of possession,” since it treats knowledge as … Continue reading

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Knowing in Practice – Enacting a Collective Capability in Distributed Organizing

Read In this paper, I outline a perspective on knowing in practice which highlights the essential role of human action in knowing how to get things done in complex organizational work. The perspective suggests that knowing is not a static … Continue reading

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Material knowing – the scaffolding of human knowledgeability

Read In this paper, I want to argue for the importance of considering materiality in our studies of knowledge in organizations. In particular, I want to make the case that our understanding of organizational knowledge, learning, and capabilities is limited … Continue reading

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The Epistemic Value of Curiosity

In this essay, Frederick Schmitt and Reza Lahroodi explore the value of curiosity for inquiry and knowledge. They defend an appetitive account of curiosity, viewing curiosity as a motivationally original desire to know that arises from having one’s attention drawn … Continue reading

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Women’s ways of knowing: the development of self, voice, and mind

Read Drawn from the voices of women of varied backgrounds, Women’s Ways of Knowing reveals the unique perspectives from which women view reality and draw conclusions about truth, knowledge, and authority. An intellectual and political Our Bodies, Ourselves, this book … Continue reading

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