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Knowledge AssetsSecuring Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy$
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Max H. Boisot

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296072

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296072.001.0001

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The Information Space (I-Space)

The Information Space (I-Space)

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Knowledge Assets

Max H. Boisot

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on acts of codification and abstraction as holding the key to economizing on data. Securing of such data economies are further taken as a critical prerequisite of effective communication and, by insinuation, of effective organizational methods. These ideas are brought together in a single united conceptual framework, which is called the I-Space. Economizing on data-processing resources involves moving away from the uncodified end and towards the codified end of the scale, from the inarticulate towards the articulate, from the complex towards the simple. Data-processing economies are by no means an unmixed blessing. A price is paid in terms of lost flexibility, of options sacrificed. The I-Space is a conceptual framework within which the behaviour of information flows can be discovered and, through these, the creation and diffusion of knowledge within selected populations can be understood.

Keywords:   information space, conceptial framework, data-processing resources, data-processing economies, information, knowledge

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