The material, mental, historical and social character of knowledge

Rooney, David and Schneider, Ursula (2005). The material, mental, historical and social character of knowledge. In David Rooney, Greg Hearn and Abraham Ninan (Ed.), Handbook on the knowledge economy (pp. 19-36) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

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Author Rooney, David
Schneider, Ursula
Title of chapter The material, mental, historical and social character of knowledge
Title of book Handbook on the knowledge economy
Place of Publication Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Publisher Edward Elgar
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 1845426843
Editor David Rooney
Greg Hearn
Abraham Ninan
Chapter number 2
Start page 19
End page 36
Total pages 18
Total chapters 21
Collection year 2005
Subjects 350211 Innovation and Technology Management
729901 Technological and organisational innovation
Formatted Abstract/Summary
It is advisable in a book about knowledge economies to say what knowledge
is, and so in this chapter we set out our explanation of what knowledge or,
rather, knowing entails. Our view of knowing is relevant to knowledge
economies because, first, it accounts for the environment (society, economy,
firm) in which knowing occurs. Taking this approach is important because
when discussing knowledge economy issues, we necessarily assume that
knowers function in groups that are situated in specific contexts. Second, our
approach also places an emphasis on the very human, enigmatic, messy and
tacit qualities of knowing, and, as we will show, these aspects of knowing are
the most important but difficult ones to conceptualize, plan and manage for.
       The lessons to be taken from this chapter, therefore, while abstract, are
nevertheless practical. The simple point we make is that it is impractical to
attempt to develop insights about the knowledge economy, and develop strategies
and tactics in relation to it without sufficient understanding of the
complex and differentiated nature of the subject of our concern. Our goal is to
provide some intellectual scaffolding with which practitioners and researchers
can plan and think sensibly about such an enigmatic subject. [Extract]
Keyword Knowledge
Social character
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