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‘The Art of Knowing’: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice

Paul Duguid

in Community, Economic Creativity, and Organization

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545490
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545490.003.0004
‘The Art of Knowing’: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice

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This chapter challenges recent attempts to reduce knowledge to information and to dismiss tacit knowledge as nothing more than uncodified explicit knowledge. Polanyi's notion of a tacit dimension affected numerous disciplines, because it addressed aspects of learning and identity that individual, cognitive accounts failed to account for. In situating knowledge, identity, and learning within communities, the chapter points to the ethical and epistemic entailments of communities of practice and stress the difference, rather than the commonalities, between this and other apparently congenial forms of social analysis.

Keywords: codification; economics; methodological individualism; practice theory; social capital; Polanyi

Chapter.  8110 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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