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What is Knowledge Gain

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
A process of knowledge flow which involves deliberate barter among subjects.
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Knowledge Architecture and Knowledge Flows
Piergiuseppe Morone (University of Foggia, Italy) and Richard Taylor (Stockholm Environment Institute, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch367
Modern society is increasingly seen as a knowledge economy; institutions, firms and individuals progressively rely on knowledge as a key component for individual and collective growth. This calls for a clear understanding of knowledge and its sharing patterns. This article has a two-fold aim: on the one hand, it aims at reviewing some of the most common definitions of knowledge provided in the economic and science and technology literature; on the other hand, it aims at providing a taxonomy of knowledge flows which should help scholars in distinguishing among various forms of knowledge sharing. Subsequently, we shall present a description of future trends and put forward some possible extensions of knowledge literature. Finally, our concluding remarks will be presented in the last section of the article.
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