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Journal Article

Reconsidering the tacit‑explicit distinction — A move toward functional (tacit) knowledge management  pp23-32

Cynthia Jimes, James Lucardie

© Nov 1999 Volume 1 Issue 1, Editor: Fergal McGrath, pp1 - 68

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To move beyond the technology focus and adequately embrace knowledge, organisations need a working conceptualisation of knowledge. Within the literature, the dominant conceptualisation converges around the acknowledgement of tacit and explicit types distinctly. This paper argues that a more fundamental approach is necessary. The functional view is a theory on the nature of knowledge that serves as a promising alternative. By placing knowledge within the context of goals and formalisation possibilities, it can help transform organisations from information‑intensive to truly knowledge‑based.


Keywords: Knowledge management, tacit-explicit distinction, nature of knowledge, functional view


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