Knowledge and Culture: limitations of place in the Information Society

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Title: Knowledge and Culture: limitations of place in the Information Society
Authors: Komito, Lee
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Date: 27-Aug-1999
Online since: 2019-05-01T11:37:41Z
Abstract: Knowledge is a fundamental aspect of the Information Society. The growth of 'knowledge management' in organisations is indicative of knowledge's new commodity value. Equally fundamental, in the Information Society, is the sharing of knowledge between people in different locations. Yet, increasing discussion of 'tacit knowledge', as well as knowledge management, indicates a realization that both the management and transfer of knowledge is a complex issue. Knowledge is embedded in social and cultural structures that may be place-dependent, and not easily replicated electronically. Culture, practice, and community are concepts which can usefully describe these structures in which knowledge is embedded. These structures must be successfully created and maintained electronically, if the Information Society vision of making distance irrelevant is to be fulfilled. In this paper, knowledge 'work' in organisations, especially organisations in a geographically peripheral society such as Ireland, will be discussed, exploring the embedded nature of knowledge in structures of place and space. Particular attention will be paid to the use of Lotus Notes, the premier groupware or CSCW system, as a means of sharing knowledge.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: European Regional Studies Association
Keywords: Information SocietyKnowledge managementCulture, practice and communityGroupware
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: ERSA 1999 - 39th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, Dublin, 1999
Conference Details: The 39th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: "Regional Cohesion and Competitiveness in 21st Century Europe", Dublin, Ireland, 23-27 August 1999
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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