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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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(p.41) 3 The Information Space (I-Space)
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Knowledge Assets
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Max H. Boisot

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296072.003.0003

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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