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Knowledge GovernanceProcesses and Perspectives$
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Nicolai J. Foss and Snejina Michailova

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235926.001.0001

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The Architecture of Knowledge Organization

The Architecture of Knowledge Organization

(p.47) 3 The Architecture of Knowledge Organization
Knowledge Governance

Michael Christensen

Thorbjørn Knudsen

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces a general framework with which individual beliefs can be aggregated into organizational level knowledge. Through examples, it illustrates how the framework lends itself to analysing simultaneous decision making in committees, such as the UN Security Council. More detailed examples illustrate how our framework can be used to capture sequential decision processes. The chapter considers both flexible decision structures facing a turbulent environment and fixed decision structures facing a stable, but complex task environment. These applications of the chapter's framework illustrate how it can be used to capture some of the most important problems emphasized in the literature on knowledge management.

Keywords:   organizational architecture, organizational design, decision making, knowledge organizations, flexible teams

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