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Explorations in Information Space: Knowledge, Actors, and Firms

Max H. Boisot, Ian C. MacMillan, and Kyeong Seok Han

Abstract

Humankind has always lived in a knowledge society. Yet, although we have been discussing the problem of valid knowledge since Plato and probably before, it was only in the second half of the 20th century that such knowledge came to be seen as an economic resource in its own right rather than as a support for the exploitation of other, more physical economic resources such as land, labour power, energy, etc. In recent years, a new specialization, knowledge management, has evolved to address some of the issues associated with the production and distribution of knowledge. It builds on the idea th ... More

Keywords: knowledge society, Plato, economic resource, knowledge management, knowledge-based theory-of-the-firm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250875.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Max H. Boisot, author
Professor of Strategic Management, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, and Visiting Fellow, Snider Center for Entrepreneurial Research, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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Ian C. MacMillan, author
Co-Director of the Wharton Entrepreneurial Center, Director of the Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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Kyeong Seok Han, author
Professor of Management Information Systems, School of Business Administration, Soongsil University, Korea