Knowledge Nodes: the reification of organizational communities. A case study

Cuel, Roberta and Bonifacio, Matteo and Grossele, Mirko (2003) Knowledge Nodes: the reification of organizational communities. A case study. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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    In our work a new approach, the Distributed Knowledge Management (DKM) approach, is used and organizations are seen as constellations of communities, which \own" local knowledge and exchange it through meaning negotiation coordination processes. In order to reify communities within a DKM system, the concept of Knowledge Node (KN) is used and then applied in a case study: a complex Italian national firm, the Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. All communities of practices are un-veiled and rei ed as KNs within a high level architecture of a DKM system. In this paper it is argued that, even if knowledge has to be organized and made useful to the whole organization, there are types of knowledge that must be managed in an autonomous way, and the DKM approach is a good system which to deal with coordination/negotiation processes.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Distributed Knowledge Management, Organizational Units, Communi- ties, Knowledge Nodes, Case Study
    Additional Information: To be published in J.UCS conference proceedings of the I-Know '03 Conference
    Report Number: DIT-03-031
    Repository staff approval on: 06 Jun 2003

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