SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
Knowledge structuring-Knowledge domination. Two interrelated concepts
“Sociology for me is not only about the big
institutions, such as governments, organizations, business firms or
societies as a whole. It is very much about the individual and our
individual experiences. We come to understand ourselves much better through
grasping the wider social forces that influence our lives.” ( Anthony
Giddens, published at www.polity.co.uk, a leading social science and
humanities publisher. )
This quotation helps identify one reason for
integrating ideas about knowledge management with concepts from Anthony
Giddens structuration theory in the theoretical framework that I use as an
analytical tool in this research. Structuration theory concerns itself with
the “social forces that influence our lives” and these forces interest me.
In the same article Giddens continuous: ”We live in a world of quite
dramatic change…There are three major sets of changes happening in
contemporary societies and it is the task of sociology to analyze what they
mean for our lives today. First there is globalisation….The second big
influence is that of technological change. Information technology is
altering many of the ways in which we work and in which we live. The nature
of the jobs people do, for example, has been transformed….The third
fundamental set of changes is in our everyday lives. Our lives are
structured less by the past than by our anticipated future”.
paper I agure that there is a continous structuring going on in society. I
therefore concern myself with a pair of twin concepts that are
interrelated. The first one is knowledge structuring; the second is
knowledge domination. These two concepts are of vital importance when
trying to understand, assess and monitor implications of transformations of
work processes and tools at work.
Keywords: Knowledge structuring; knowledge domination; knowledge management; structuration theory; cognitive theories; transformations; information technology; globalisation.; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, November 22, 2006
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Beckerman, Carina, 'Knowledge structuring-Knowledge domination. Two interrelated concepts', ICFAI Journal of Knowledge Management.
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