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Knowledge Emergence: Social, Technical, and Evolutionary Dimensions of Knowledge Creation Hardcover – January 25, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0195130638 ISBN-10: 0195130634 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195130634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195130638
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"In Knowledge Emergence, the editors have taken the efforts of prominent researchers in the field of knowledge creation and crafted a text that provides interested readers with a rich array of the perspectives in this emerging field of study. More important, this book takes these diverse works and imparts a sense of order to the field by allowing the respective authors to share their research efforts in the field of knowledge creation. . . . The book provides the interested reader, academic researcher, and organization manager valuable insights on how to grapple with the issue of knowledge creation."--Journal of Economic Issues

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Ikujiro Nonaka is at Haas School, University of California at Berkeley. Toshihiro Nishiguchi is at Hitotsubashi University.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Madan Mohan Rao on January 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a collection of diverse perspectives on knowledge activities ranging from creativity and technology infrastructure to cross-border knowledge creation and sectoral strategies in Asia.
The material is academic and well-researched; it covers 15 chapters from 19 contributors, most of them professors from US and Japanese universities. The book is the outcome of a KM conference sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Ikujiro Nonaka is the author of "The Knowledge-Creating Company" and "Enabling Knowledge Creation." Toshihiro Nishiguchi is the author of "Strategic Industrial Sourcing" and "Managing Product Development."
A fundamental thread uniting these essays is the idea that knowledge must be "nurtured" rather than "managed," according to the editors.
The Japanese term ba refers to a space-time nexus, the physical and/or mental space shared by co-workers, whose nature defines the scale and scope of knowledge creation through its various phases like socialization (originating ba), externalization (dialoguing ba), combination (systematizing ba) and internalization (exercising ba).
Care is an important requisite for building trust for knowledge-sharing in an organization. There are four modes of knowledge creation, depending on whether there is low care (individuals are left to their own; employees therefore exchange explicit knowledge) or high care (individuals are supported by a strong social network; tacit knowledge is shared) and whether there is creation of individual or organizational knowledge.
Such humanistic models of knowledge emergence encompass "wandering inside and outside" the organization, and accommodate emotional facets like freedom, interest, commitment, charisma and safety.
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