Practical Knowledge: Sustaining Massively-Multiplayer Innovation

45 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2019 Last revised: 3 Aug 2020

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Amar Bhide

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: May 25, 2019


Governments and universities are pouring money into more ‘practical’ research – ‘translational’ medicine and ‘evidence-based’ policies in education, public health and economic development, for instance. But just translating or applying science rarely produces practical advances – and an inflexible adherence to the methods of natural or social scientists can do more harm than good. Instead, I propose a general approach – and specific research topics – to advance practical knowledge and study its distinctive contemporary nature. My proposal is implicit in this syllabus (of a seminar I have been teaching since 2013.)

Keywords: practical knowledge, innovation, coordination, creativity

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Bhide, Amar, Practical Knowledge: Sustaining Massively-Multiplayer Innovation (May 25, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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