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Organizational Knowledge in the MakingHow Firms Create, Use, and Institutionalize Knowledge$
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Gerardo Patriotta

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275243.001.0001

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Action, Context, and Time: A Processual Model of Knowing and Organizing

Action, Context, and Time: A Processual Model of Knowing and Organizing

(p.171) 8 Action, Context, and Time: A Processual Model of Knowing and Organizing
Organizational Knowledge in the Making

Gerardo Patriotta (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds generalizations from the main empirical findings of the case studies presented earlier. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 8.2 defines the main ontological argument underlying the mode of existence of organization. Section 8.3 develops a classificatory model of knowledge linking the three dimensions of process, content, and context in a coherent whole. Section 8.4 applies the above interpretative framework to the case studies developed in this research. Section 8.5 generalizes from the findings of the study and develops a co-evolutionary model of knowing and organizing. Section 8.6 stresses the heuristic nature of the above model in so far as it is built on ideal types of knowledge. This is exemplified by showing elements of continuity across the cases and identifying possible overlapping regions between different knowledge types within the same setting.

Keywords:   organizational knowledge, classificatory system of knowledge, knowledge outcomes

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