The social management of embodied knowledge in a knowledge community

Published on Sep 18, 2007in Journal of Knowledge Management
· DOI :10.1108/13673270710819799
Ahmad Raza6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Management and Technology),
A. Rashid Kausar3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Management and Technology),
David Paul3
Estimated H-index: 3
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the patterns of social management of knowledge in a knowledge‐community, reflecting on multiple social processes at work.Design/methodology/approach – This is a social epistemological critique of management of knowledge.Findings – First, knowledge communities are essentially multiple interactive social structures ranging from localization in space to emergent cross‐boundary social spaces operating at micro, meso and macro‐social levels. Second, patterns of knowledge management in different contexts such as organizations, groups, communities and virtual communities are predominantly social in nature and new knowledge emerges through social interactions.Originality/value – The paper underscores the significance of a social‐epistemological view of knowledge communities and management of knowledge.
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