Knowledge Integration and Creation in Projects: Towards a Progressive Epistemology

Lars Lindkvist, Marie Bengtsson and Linnea Wahlstedt

in Knowledge Integration and Innovation

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730580 | DOI:
Knowledge Integration and Creation in Projects: Towards a Progressive Epistemology

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Product development projects typically comprise collaboration among participants who are strongly specialized or experienced in certain areas. Reaping the benefits of such a differentiated competence structure involves a process of collaborative knowledge integration and new knowledge creation. Yet, while the role of individual ingenuity and creativity has been extensively researched, interactive knowledge processes have received scant attention. This chapter focuses on the progression of such processes and suggests how they may be modelled within a framework grounded in evolutionary epistemology. The model pictures interactive knowledge creation processes in terms of preselection, variation, and selective retention, and we discuss how each of them may be associated with a core epistemological assumption. Furthermore, excerpts from product development projects in the telecom and pharmaceutical industries are used to illustrate the framework empirically.

Keywords: product development projects; knowledge integration; knowledge creation; interactive knowledge processes; progressive knowledge processes; evolutionary epistemology

Chapter.  7704 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Innovation

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