Management, Rational or Creative: A Knowledge-Based Discussion

J.C. Spender

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Abstract

Methodological individualism is the doctrine that economic or social phenomena are ultimately grounded in individual knowing and choice. Recently numerous collective concepts have been introduced into our thinking about the firm - absorptive capacity, communities of practice, dynamic capabilities, social capital, organizational routines, and so on. As far as we can tell these are neither theoretically nor empirically well grounded. In this talk I consider what might be meant by the statement that 'only individuals can know'. I contrast notions of knowing as having and holding data, or a frame of meaning, or a skilled practice. I conclude that all manner of social entities can know in all respects save that of creating the knwledge that is then known.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherCenter for Strategic Management and Globalization
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)8791815169
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
SeriesSMG Working Paper
Number14/2005

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Spender, J. C. (2006). Management, Rational or Creative: A Knowledge-Based Discussion. Center for Strategic Management and Globalization. SMG Working Paper, No. 14/2005