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Knowing in Organizations: A Practice-Based Approach
Edited by: Davide Nicolini; Silvia Gherardi; Dvora Yanow

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-0910-6 Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-0911-3
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Information: 280pp. Tables, figures, references, index.
Publication Date: August 2003.  


Description: This book explores the relationship among knowing, learning, and practice in the development of organizational knowledge. Scholars and practitioners from the US and abroad focus on organizational learning as a collective, social, and not entirely cognitive activity. These experts represent a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds (including management, IT/collaborative technology, sociology, psychology, and political science) and research traditions (symbolic interaction, activity theory, and actor network theory). They explore the implications for research and intervention growing out of the notion that organizational knowledge cannot be conceived as a mental process residing in members' heads, but rather as a form of social expertise, in which learning is situated in the historical, social, and cultural contexts in which it takes place. Thier work provdes a fresh, authoritative, and challenging look at the changing field of organizational learning that will be equally useful in any advanced level course in which knowledge management is a central concern.

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List of Tables and Figures
1. Introduction: Toward a Practice-Based View of Knowing and Learning in Organizations Davide Nicolini, Silvia Gherardi, Dvora Yanow
2. Seeing Organizational Learning: A "Cultural" View Dvora Yanow
3. Knowing in Practice: Aesthetic Understanding and Tacit Knowledge Antonio Strati
4. Communities of Practice and Social Learning Systems Etienne Wenger
5. Developing Knowing in Practice: Behind the Scenes of Haute Cuisine Marie-Leandre Gomez, Isabelle Bouty, Carole Drucker-Godard
6. Organizing Process in Complex Activity Networks Frank Blackler, Norman Crump, Seonaidh McDonald
7. Spatial and Temporal Expansion of the Object as a Challenge for Reorganizing Work Yrjo Engestrom, Anne Puonti, Laura Seppanen
8. Organizing Alignment: The Case of Bridge-Building Lucy Suchman
9. To Transfer Is to Transform: The Circulation of Safety Knowledge Silvia Gherardi and Davide Nicolini
10. Allegory and Its Others John Law and Vicky Singleton
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