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Beyond commodification of knowledge in IT-mediated organizations: A literature review on knowing – in – practice
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Tacit knowledge transfer remains a challenge within the field of IS. This literature review therefore choses to view knowledge in a different way: as relational and embodied, where humans as well as non-humans have equal agency over the affordances and constraints related to knowledge. Using a sociomaterial lens, the research findings on tacit knowledge in an organisational environment are explored in answering the research question " How can tacit knowledge be understood from a sociomaterial perspective?" The contributions are that knowledge in white-collar work is surprisingly often embodied and tacit, and that IT has the potential to play a key role in knowledge translation, as a boundary object between networks. This thesis thereby concludes that practice-based knowledge translation is a more fruitful approach in passing on tacit knowledge in organisations, because it takes into account the unpredictable, embodied and site-specific nature of knowing - in – practice.

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2016. , 23 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2016.30
Keyword [en]
Sociomateriality, embodiment, tacit knowledge, knowledge translation
National Category
Social Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122757OAI: diva2:941069
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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