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Architectures of KnowledgeFirms, Capabilities, and Communities$
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Ash Amin and Patrick Cohendet

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.xiii) Introduction
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Architectures of Knowledge
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Ash Amin

Patrick Cohendet

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.003.0009

This introductory chapter sets out the book's main argument, that the time is right for research to explore the relationship between two other dimensions of knowledge in order to explain the innovative performance of firms: between knowledge that is ‘possessed’ (in different parts of the firm such as a functional unit, a department, a group of experts in a given domain); and knowledge that is ‘practised’ (processes of ‘knowing’), generally within communities of like-minded employees in a firm. This book can be considered as a response to the invitation to explore this generative dance, to understand the interplay between the knowledge that firms possess in the form of established competences or stored memory and the knowing that occurs through the daily interactions and practices of distributed communities of actors.

Keywords:   knowledge, firms, competences, knowing

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