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

Editor: Fernando Chaparro Osorio

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Measuring Innovation in Agricultural Firms: A Methodological Approach  pp185‑198

César Ariza, Laura Rugeles, Diana Saavedra, Bladimir Guaitero

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A Case Study in Knowledge Management Education ‑ Historical Challenges and Future Opportunities  pp199‑213

Denise Bedford

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Unfolding the Gordian Knot of the University Intellectual Capital  pp214‑225

Constantin Bratianu, Ivona Orzea

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The Value of Human Resources Measurement in Intellectual Capital and Knowledge sharing  pp226‑234

Delio Castaneda, Paul Toulson

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Tacit Knowledge, its Codification and Technological Advancement  pp235‑243

Nowshade Kabir

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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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Trust as Intangible Asset ‑ Enabling Intellectual Capital Development by Leadership for Vitality and Innovativeness  pp244‑255

Taina Savolainen, Palmira Lopez-Fresno

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How to Innovate Management Through Intellectual Capital Statements ‑ Lessons Learned From the First Implementations in Brazil  pp256‑267

Camilo Augusto Sequeira, Markus Will, Eloi Fernández y Fernandez, Kai Mertins

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Increasing Transferability of Tacit Knowledge with Knowledge Engineering Methods  pp268‑279

Thierno Tounkara

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