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Architectures of KnowledgeFirms, Capabilities, and Communities$
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Ash Amin and Patrick Cohendet

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.001.0001

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Spaces of Knowing

Spaces of Knowing

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(p.86) 5 Spaces of Knowing
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Architectures of Knowledge
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Ash Amin

Patrick Cohendet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.003.0005

This chapter focuses on the spatial dimension of learning in firms. It outlines the new thinking that stresses the powers of spatial proximity and territorial mooring, but it also seeks to transcend it by working with a view of space as non-contiguous and permeable, thereby allowing recognition of learning based on mobility and relational links at a distance. It is not assumed that knowledge fits into neat scalar or territorial bundles. Instead, drawing especially on actor-network theory, spaces of knowledge are defined as organized spaces of varying length, shape, and duration, in which knowing, depending on circumstances, can involve all manner of spatial mobilizations, including placements of task teams in neutral spaces, face-to-face encounters, global networks held together by travel and virtual communications, flows of ideas and information through the supply chain, and transcorporate thought experiments and symbolic rituals.

Keywords:   organizational learning, firms, spatial proximity, territorial mooring, space, knowing, knowledge

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