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Nicolai J. Foss and Snejina Michailova

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235926.001.0001

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Managerial Authority When Knowledge is Distributed: A Knowledge Governance Perspective

Managerial Authority When Knowledge is Distributed: A Knowledge Governance Perspective

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(p.108) 5 Managerial Authority When Knowledge is Distributed: A Knowledge Governance Perspective
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Knowledge Governance
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Kirsten Foss (Contributor Webpage)

Nicolai J. Foss (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235926.003.0005

It has often been argued that governing work activities by means of authority in a social system in which knowledge is only present in distributed is inefficient. However, this chapter shows that this argument is not in general correct, and builds on the flawed inference that because a holder of authority is ignorant about some of the knowledge held by employees, he or she cannot rationally direct them.

Keywords:   distributed knowledge, managerial authority, knowledge governance, work activities, holder of authority

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