By Hardimos Tsoukas, Nikolaos Mylonopoulos

ISBN-10: 0230524540

ISBN-13: 9780230524545

ISBN-10: 1403911401

ISBN-13: 9781403911407

Wisdom has just recently been widely known as an organizational asset, the powerful administration of which may have the funds for an organization aggressive virtue. This ebook takes an interdisciplinary method of wisdom administration bearing on it to enterprise procedure, dynamic features and enterprise functionality. the most eminent students in administration have contributed to this well timed publication, together with John Seely Brown, Chris Argyris, Georg von Krogh, Soumitra Dutta, Howard Thomas and John McGee, Arie Lewin and Silvia Massini. The ebook deals practitioners and scholars alike cutting-edge study within the box of organizational wisdom and administration.

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Organizations differ in terms of how they choose to use their resources and, by implication, in terms of the services they derive from them. Distinctiveness, in this view – a certain way of doing things – is an inherent feature of every organization (Kay, 1995; Pitelis, 2002, and in this volume; Tsoukas, 1996). As Lewin and Massini (in this volume), among others, point out, developing a distinctive way of utilizing resources depends on the formal and informal processes of communication and learning that are in place, through which organizational members are, in principle, enabled to draw upon accumulated organizational knowledge (that is routines) and experience, as well as upon externally supplied information, in order to carry out their tasks in a co-ordinated fashion (Grant, 1996, 2002).

It is interesting to note that two individuals from very diverse cultural backgrounds would find it difficult to communicate tacit knowledge in a face-to-face encounter. By contrast, the homogenizing nature of the Internet attenuates the differences (including prejudices) and focusses the attention of participants on pursuing their common goal (develop a given piece of software). Open Source programmers ascribe contextual cues to meta-activities (patterns of online conduct), to references to a common background (shared metaphors and language) and to code patterns (the ‘character’ of a piece of software code).

Although this is a valid perspective in so far as it enables us to engineer the formal structures and computer-based information systems that are necessary, one should not overlook the intensely organic character of knowledge creation and sharing and use. Mechanistic structures and systems are important enablers, but they are by themselves sterile. Knowledge thrives when it is cultivated, cross-polinated, contaminated, fertilized. This is why acculturation is of such significance in the effective use of organizational knowledge.

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