The tacit nature of design knowledge

Wong, W. L. P. and Radcliffe, D. F. (2000) The tacit nature of design knowledge. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 12 4: 493-512. doi:10.1080/713698497

Author Wong, W. L. P.
Radcliffe, D. F.
Title The tacit nature of design knowledge
Journal name Technology Analysis & Strategic Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0953-7325
Publication date 2000-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/713698497
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 493
End page 512
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject C1
780102 Physical sciences
291899 Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Abstract Valuable knowledge acquired by small manufacturing enterprises (SMEs) over time can be lost through the exit of staff. The difficulty of retaining knowledge lies in the fact that part of the knowledge involved is tacit in nature and is highly, if not totally, inarticulable. This paper analyzes the explicit/tacit nature of the design knowledge involved in projects undertaken by an SME. It is analyzed to provide a model of knowledge application and a schema for eliciting the mental process during knowledge application and the types of knowledge used respectively. The tacit characteristics associated with the application of design knowledge are explored. The paper also discusses the tactics that can be employed to tackle the knowledge retention problem as experienced by the SME.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
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