Practice-Based Knowledge Integration

Practice-Based Knowledge Integration

Glenn Munkvold (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-933-5.ch021
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Abstract

For organisations, the tension between integration and specialisation has become a key issue as the knowledge of work is becoming increasingly fragmented through specialisation (Becker, 2002; Grant, 1996; Kogut & Zander, 1992). Specialisation, as knowing more about less, distributes the overall accomplishment of work on several entities (Aanestad, Mørk, Grisot, Hanseth, & Syvertsen, 2003; Becker; Berg, 1997; Hutchins, 1995) with the consequent need for the integration of different competencies and types of expertise. Becker (p. 3) provides the following definition of knowledge integration:

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