A Biological Theory of Knowledge and Applications to Real World Organizations

Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific, November 28-29, 2005

30 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011

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William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

Peter Dalmaris

Futureshock Research

Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

Date Written: October 10, 2005

Abstract

This paper extends an epistemologically grounded biological theory of organization and knowledge based on Karl Popper's evolutionary epistemology and three worlds ontology, amalgamating concepts from evolutionary biology, emergence and hierarchy theory, autopoiesis, and military affairs. We discuss how this body of theory is being used to guide and inform KM research and development in a geographically extended industrial and project management organization. Applicability of the biological and epistemological framework is demonstrated in a study of the emergence and sustainment of communities of practice, in the development of a methodology for improving business processes, and in the implementation of managing engineering knowledge over the lifecycles of fleets of ships and vehicles.

Keywords: Epistemology, Autopoiesis, Organization Theory, Hierarchy Theory, Complexity, Karl Popper, Knowledge Management

Suggested Citation

Hall, William P. and Dalmaris, Peter and Nousala, Susu, A Biological Theory of Knowledge and Applications to Real World Organizations (October 10, 2005). Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific, November 28-29, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758111

William P. Hall (Contact Author)

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Peter Dalmaris

Futureshock Research ( email )

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Susu Nousala

Aalto University ( email )

P.O. Box 21210
Aalto, FI-00076
Finland

University of Melbourne ( email )

Parkville
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

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