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Brokering Knowledge: Managing Knowledge in a Network of Government and Non-Government Human Service Delivery Agencies

Muetzelfeldt, Michael, Briskman, Linda and Jones, Martyn (2002) Brokering Knowledge: Managing Knowledge in a Network of Government and Non-Government Human Service Delivery Agencies. Working Paper. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


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This paper examines aspects of knowledge management that are particularly important in the network of human service delivery agencies in Victoria. This network is characterised by four features: it is a cluster of networked organisations; professionals and others may act as knowledge brokers within and between organisations in the network; rapid change in both knowledge and organisation accentuates the importance of innovative knowledge and emergent organisation over and above routine instrumental knowledge within stable organisation; and consequently there is an underlying concern with dialogical rather than instrumental knowledge and its management, and particularly how it constitutes and is constituted by organisation. The paper describes the analytical tools that we consider particularly important in examining this situation - in particular, the distinction between instrumental and dialogical knowledge, and the role of knowledge brokers (and professionals as knowledge brokers). It concludes by relating this analysis to broader issues in organisation studies, and suggests paths for further examination of these issues.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: brokering knowledge; managing knowledge; network; government; non-government; human service human service delivery agencies
Subjects: Historical > RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Current > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 02:02
DOI: 8
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