Epistemology & Knowledge Management: Conceptualization of Knowledge in Knowledge Management Discourse

Paulius Volikas

Student thesis: Master thesis


In the presence of information economics that changes modern organizational culture, this thesis examines the topic and discourse of knowledge management. The thesis investigates the relationship between philosophy of epistemology and knowledge management. In an attempt to deliver interdisciplinary research, this work provides a rather lengthy and immersive account into philosophy of epistemology, with the main focus on critical theory, it’s history, epistemology, and methodological potential. Critical theory, and more precisely the texts and philosophy of Michel
Serres’ as both philosopher and critical theorist, are used as methodology to investigate epistemic assumptions present in knowledge management’s discourse. This work finds epistemic crisis within knowledge management discourse, namely the fragmented status of knowledge within the discourse. The field of knowledge management, as a whole, does not seem to operate under coherent conceptualization of knowledge, but rather under varying conceptualizations of knowledge. Further,
this thesis proposes Michel Serres’ philosophy on unitary body of knowing as a possible method of solution to problematic or fragmented view of knowledge, by a way of implying that Serres proposes a valid and consolidated view on coherent knowledge creation ecosystem. Finally, this work in it’s experimental method draws new perspectives on knowledge management under values of liberation, democratization, and self-reflectivity, in the epistemic crisis setting. In the end this master thesis yields interesting, yet not affirmative insights into knowledge management discourse.

Educations, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages74