Transferring Tacit Knowledge in Extended Enterprises

International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, 2007

7 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2011

See all articles by Susu Nousala

Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

Sabu John

RMIT University - School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Date Written: June 25, 2007

Abstract

Organizations need to build and use knowledge to remain viable in the face of competition and change. Due to the limits of organization and the bounded rationality of individuals working within the organizations it is impossible to make all of the required knowledge accessible in explicit and readily retrievable formats. Much of the knowledge an organization needs is held tacitly by members of the organization. This "personal knowledge" is normally inaccessible to other members because they have no way to know that it exists. Communities of practice help to mobilize personal knowledge. In this paper we present and discuss the emergence of communities of practice, some tools, concepts and an ontology we have prototyped to facilitate the development of these communities. Such communities provide avenues for sharing and transferring normally hidden knowledge.

Keywords: Knowledge Sharing, Communities of Practice, Tacit Knowledge, Extended Enterprise, Emergence

JEL Classification: D21, D71, D83, J24, L15, L23, M12, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Nousala, Susu and Hall, William P. and John, Sabu, Transferring Tacit Knowledge in Extended Enterprises (June 25, 2007). International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1760588

Susu Nousala (Contact Author)

Aalto University ( email )

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

University of Melbourne ( email )

Parkville
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net

Kororoit Institute ( email )

127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://kororoit.org

Sabu John

RMIT University - School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering ( email )

Bundoora East, Victoria
Australia

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