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Knowledge Management and Organizational Competence$
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Ron Sanchez

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259281

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259281.001.0001

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Towards A Knowledge-Based Framework of Competence Development

Towards A Knowledge-Based Framework of Competence Development

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(p.97) 5 Towards A Knowledge-Based Framework of Competence Development
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Knowledge Management and Organizational Competence
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Steffen P. Raub

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259281.003.0005

The theory of competence-based competition emphasizes the importance of strategic learning and knowledge management for the development of organizational competence. This approach presents an opportunity for linking the literature on competence-based competition with the existing body of research on organizational learning and knowledge management. This chapter discusses elements of a knowledge-based framework of competence development. Based on an in-depth case study of various ecology-related projects in a large Swiss retailing company, competence development is described as a sequence of imagination, implementation, and integration activities. The knowledge-related processes in each stage are analyzed by observing the role of know-what, know-why, and know-how, as well as the links between these different levels of organizational knowledge. The conclusion suggests implications of this framework for further research on competence-based competition.

Keywords:   organizational competence, competence-based competition, knowledge management, competence development, organizational learning, organizational knowledge, imagination, implementation, integration, ecology

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