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ERIC Number: ED410388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 214
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ISBN: ISBN-0-312-12498-8
Organizational Epistemology.
von Krogh, George; Roos, Johan
This book is intended to give readers an observational scheme for understanding the process of organizational knowledge development at the individual and social levels. Chapter 1 examines devising a concept of organizational knowledge. In chapter 2, the place of epistemology within philosophy is discussed along with organizational, cognitivist, and connectionist epistemologies. Autopoiesis theory, which describes living systems as self-producing and self-reproducing, is explained in chapter 3 along with the characteristics and applications of autopoietic systems. Discussed in chapters 4-10 are the following topics: individualized organizational knowledge (knowledge of organizations; embodiment of knowledge; knowledge, distinctions, values, and basic self-reference; and organizational knowledge when individualized and when socialized); the dynamics of individualized and socialized organizational knowledge; organizational knowledge and language (usage, organizational argumentation, stabilizing language, texts and socialized organizational knowledge, and organization and environment); impediments to organizational knowledge (improbability of communication, barriers to agreement, and self-difference); a methodology for studying organizational knowledge; and management models and theories and the management model used for more than 13 years by the U.S.-based firm SENCORP is offered as an example of the new epistemology in use. Contains 392 references and 14 figures. (MN)
St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010.
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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