The Knowledge Governance Approach

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    Abstract

    An attempt is made to characterize a `knowledge governance approach' as a distinctive, emerging field that cuts across the fields of knowledge management, organisation studies, strategy and human resource management. Knowledge governance is taken up with how the deployment of administrative apparatus influences knowledge processes, such as sharing, retaining and creating knowledge. It insists on clear behavioural foundations, adopts an economizing perspective and examines efficient alignment between knowledge transactions with diverse characteristics and governance structures and mechanisms with diverse capabilities of handling these transactions. Various open research issues that a knowledge governance approach may illuminate are sketched. Although knowledge governance draws clear inspiration from organizational economics and `rational' organization theory, it recognizes that knowledge represents various challenges to more `closed' social science disciplines, notably economics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCenter for Strategic Management and Globalization
    Number of pages32
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    SeriesSMG Working Paper
    Number1/2005

    Keywords

    • Governance
    • Knowledge management
    • Organizational economics

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    Foss, N. J. (2005). The Knowledge Governance Approach. Center for Strategic Management and Globalization. SMG Working Paper, No. 1/2005