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Journal Article

Tacit Knowledge, its Codification and Technological Advancement  pp235-243

Nowshade Kabir

© Jul 2013 Volume 11 Issue 3, ICICKM 2012, Editor: Fernando Chaparro Osorio, pp185 - 279

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Abstract: The paper addresses issues related to the confusion surrounding conceptual understanding of tacit knowledge and its transferability in organization's realm from an original perspective. Lately, at every level: country, industry and organization, attention to knowledge has intensified due to the realization that in "post‑capitalist society" (Drucker, 1993) knowledge is increasingly replacing traditional driving forces of economy: labor, capital and natural resources as the primary factor in economic growth. Knowledge use is now considered as imperative in all aspects of an organization. In literature there exist various typologies of knowledge, however, in organizational science most common classifications of knowledge include two general types: tacit and explicit. This paper brings clarity to the concept of tacit knowledge, nexus between tacit and explicit knowledge and effects of advances in technologies on the codification capability of tacit knowledge. It argues that many types of tacit knowledge that were considered as inexplicable just recently thanks to new technologies have become transferable. Drawing examples from knowledge science literature the author questions the rigid belief of some scholars in ineffability of tacit knowledge. The author also claims that organizations need to reassess their knowledge related strategy, particularly, in relation to tacit knowledge if they would like to develop sustainable competitive advantage from effective knowledge use. Findings: The author shows how new technologies are changing our perception of tacit knowledge and why it is time for organizations to reevaluate their knowledge strategy. Originality/Value: By showing a clear correlation between technological advancement and tacit knowledge transformability the paper contributes to the theoretical understanding of tacit knowledge.


Keywords: tacit knowledge, knowledge use, knowledge transferability, knowledge strategy, knowledge codification, technological advancement


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Journal Issue

Volume 11 Issue 3, ICICKM 2012 / Jul 2013  pp185‑279

Editor: Fernando Chaparro Osorio

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This special issue of EJKM contains a selection of papers presented at ICICKM 2012 in Bogota, Colombia.


The guest editor is Fernando Chaparro Osorio

Fernando Chaparro 2 


Keywords: innovation matrix, innovation index, measure of innovation, agricultural firms, innovation drivers, transactional model, knowledge management education, knowledge management curriculum, course design, experiential learning, student learning models, knowledge management faculty credentials, intellectual capital, human capital, structural capital, relationship capital, integrators, human capital, human resource value measurement, intangible assets, knowledge sharing, psychological capital, relational view of the firm, value adding web concept, absorptive capacity, social capital, tacit knowledge, knowledge use, knowledge transferability, knowledge strategy, knowledge codification, technological advancement, human intellectual capital, innovativeness, intangible assets, leadership, trust, vitality, innovating management, competitive intelligence, intellectual capital, intangible assets, knowledge economy, Brazil, oil and gas, SMEs, knowledge management, knowledge transfer, knowledge captu


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