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A Dynamic Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation

Ikujiro Nonaka
Organization Science
Vol. 5, No. 1 (Feb., 1994), pp. 14-37
Published by: INFORMS
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2635068
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

This paper proposes a paradigm for managing the dynamic aspects of organizational knowledge creating processes. Its central theme is that organizational knowledge is created through a continuous dialogue between tacit and explicit knowledge. The nature of this dialogue is examined and four patterns of interaction involving tacit and explicit knowledge are identified. It is argued that while new knowledge is developed by individuals, organizations play a critical role in articulating and amplifying that knowledge. A theoretical framework is developed which provides an analytical perspective on the constituent dimensions of knowledge creation. This framework is then applied in two operational models for facilitating the dynamic creation of appropriate organizational knowledge.

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