The Knowledge Governance Approach

32 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2007

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Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Date Written: September 2005


An attempt is made to characterize a "knowledge governance approach" as a distinctive, emerging field that cuts across the fields of knowledge management, organisation studies, strategy and human resource management. Knowledge governance is taken up with how the deployment of administrative apparatus influences knowledge processes, such as sharing, retaining and creating knowledge. It insists on clear behavioural foundations, adopts an economizing perspective and examines efficient alignment between knowledge transactions with diverse characteristics and governance structures and mechanisms with diverse capabilities of handling these transactions. Various open research issues that a knowledge governance approach may illuminate are sketched. Although knowledge governance draws clear inspiration from organizational economics and "rational" organization theory, it recognizes that knowledge represents various challenges to more "closed" social science disciplines, notably economics.

Keywords: Governance, knowledge management, organizational economics

JEL Classification: L1, L2, M1

Suggested Citation

Foss, Nicolai J., The Knowledge Governance Approach (September 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Nicolai J. Foss (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

Frederiksberg, 2000

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