Work and Knowledge

Work and Knowledge

Tom Butler (University College Cork, Ireland) and Ciaran Murphy (University College Cork, Ireland)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-573-3.ch116
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Abstract

It is widely believed that knowledge work is a relatively new phenomenon and that it constitutes the main form of activity in post-industrial organizations. While the term remains undefined, knowledge work is taken to refer to the knowledge that individuals apply in performing role-related business activities in “knowledge-intensive” organizations. In this scheme of things, the conventional wisdom holds that the subjective knowledge of individual social actors is applied to “objectified” organizational knowledge (i.e., data held in various paper and electronic repositories) as the raw material of the production process. Thus, knowledge is considered to be both an input to, and an output of, business processes: It also is argued to underpin the process by which knowledge inputs are transformed to outputs.

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