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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 2, ICICKM 2006 / May 2007  pp131‑254

Editor: Dan Remenyi

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The Dissemination and Adoption of Knowledge Management Practices Behavioural Model  pp131‑142

Raul M. Abril

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Knowledge Management in the Brazilian Organisational Context: a shift towards the concept of "Ba"  pp143‑152

Rivadávia C. Drummond de Alvarenga Neto

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An Insight into Knowledge Flow in Biomedical Engineering Science  pp153‑160

A.A Arntzen-Bechina, C.A.D Leguy

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The Story of Knowledge: Writing Stories that Guide Organisations into the Future  pp161‑172

John P Girard, Sandra Lambert

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Tacit Knowledge Revisited — We Can Still Learn from Polanyi  pp173‑180

Kenneth A. Grant

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Abstract

The field of knowledge management is still relatively new, with all but a few of its related papers and books published during the last 15 years or so. However, one of the most cited sources is a much earlier work on the topic of tacit and explicit knowledge, by Michael Polanyi (1958 and 1966). An examination of some 60 papers from three major knowledge management journals demonstrates that Polanyi's work has frequently been misinterpreted by some authors and further suggests that, in some cases, the citing authors may not have read the cited work. Further, this has led to misinterpretation of Polanyi's work in ways that have affected wider issues in knowledge management. Polanyi's work is still relevant today and a closer examination of his theory that all knowledge has personal and tacit elements, such that knowledge cannot be made fully explicit, can be used to both support and refute a variety of widely held approaches to knowledge management. In particular, it raises issue about the continued efforts to make knowledge explicit through the use of information systems, without consideration of wider social issues, as well as refuting those who use the issue of tacit knowledge to dismiss the field of knowledge management as a misguided concept. It provides support for more recent work on next generation knowledge management. 

 

Keywords: Polanyi, Nonaka, tacit, explicit, next generation KM

 

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Intellectual Capital Management as Part of Knowledge Management Initiatives at Institutions of Higher Learning  pp181‑190

Andrew Kok

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Intangible Assets Identification and Valuation — a Theoretical Framework Approach to the Portuguese Airlines Companies  pp191‑200

Ilídio Tomás Lopes, Ana Maria Gomes Rodrigues

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Comparison of Approaches toward Formalising Context: Implementation Characteristics and Capacities  pp201‑212

William Loyola

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Becoming a "Sense‑and‑Respond" Academic and Government Organisation  pp213‑220

Elisabeth McDaniel, Mary McCully, Robert D. Childs

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An Analysis of Collaborative Group Structure Technological Facilitation from a Knowledge Management Perspective  pp221‑228

Kevin J. O'Sullivan, Syed W. Azeem

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Sharing Knowledge in the Organisation: a Retrospective Analysis and an Empirical Study  pp229‑242

Haris Papoutsakis

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In Search of an Intellectual Capital Comprehensive Theory  pp243‑254

José María Viedma Martí

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