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Knowledge, Organization, and ManagementBuilding on the Work of Max Boisot$
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John Child and Martin Ihrig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669165.001.0001

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The I-Space as a Key to History and to Culture

The I-Space as a Key to History and to Culture

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Knowledge, Organization, and Management

Gordon Redding

Oxford University Press

The theory of the Information Space was developed out of an earlier interest by Max Boisot in the theory of meanings and their relation to culture. Stimulated by deep exposure to the Chinese transition, the idea of societal evolution and the roles of meaning and culture were explored in key papers using the I-Space as framework. Comparative studies of organisations across societies were also enhanced by such analysis, as in the commentary on Dore’s work on British-Japanese factories. The need for an enhancement of the extant theory of international business was met by a more fine-grained analysis of the configurations possible under the notion of multiple provinces of meaning within a society. This provides a path out of the restricted arena of micro-economics, and allows the escape from its inevitable generalisations.

Keywords:   I-Space, Culture, China, International Business, Convergence, Semantic Fields

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