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Using Actor-Network Theory to Facilitate a Superior Understanding of Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Transfer

Wickramasinghe, Nilmini and Tatnall, Arthur and Bali, Rajeev K (2010) Using Actor-Network Theory to Facilitate a Superior Understanding of Knowledge Creation and Knowledge Transfer. International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation, 2 (4). pp. 30-42. ISSN 1942-535X

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Abstract

Given today’s dynamic business environment it becomes essential for organisations to maximise their intellectual assets in order to ensure that they are able to support flexible operations and sustain their competitive advantage. Central to this is the ability to extract germane knowledge to enable rapid and effective decision making. At present, knowledge creation techniques tend to focus on either human or technology aspects of organisational development and less often on process-centric aspects of knowledge generation. However, to truly understand knowledge creation and transfer, thereby enabling an organisation to be better positioned to leverage the full potential of its intellectual capital, it is important to view knowledge creation and all sociotechnical organisational operations that result in knowledge generation through a richer lens. Actor-network Theory is proffered in this article as such a lens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID20626, actor-network theory(ANT), decision making, explicit knowledge, Germane knowledge, knowledge creation, knowledge management, Tacit knowledge
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 22:16
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 02:55
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6913
DOI: 10.4018/jantti.2010100104
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