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Chapter 4 Relational and Practice Based Knowledge Management

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635444-4908

ISBN: 9781911635444

Published: March 2021

Component type: chapter

Published in: Knowledge Management in Event Organisations

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635444-4545



As mentioned in Chapter 3, knowledge is by many seen as an entity or an object that can be possessed by people but can also exist completely independently of people. This objectivist perspective on knowledge, however, has over the years been critiqued a lot, and a different approach to knowledge management, or even a different understanding of knowledge itself has emerged: knowledge, or as some prefer to say – ‘knowing’ or ‘know-how’, is now regarded as a practice and it is therefore inseparable from human beings (Gherardi, 2000; Orlikowski, 2002; Hislop et al., 2018). Hislop et al. (2018) refer to this as the practice-based perspective on knowledge, whereby engaging in practices means that people do not just engage in cognitive processes, but in more holistic processes involving the whole body. It is based on the assumption that knowledge is not an object, but rather it is multi-faceted and complex, explicit and tacit at the same time, individual and distributed, situated and abstract, mental and physical, static and constantly developing and evolving (Blackler, 1995). Knowledge in itself therefore cannot be managed; rather, the management of knowledge can to some extent be supported and facilitated by collaboration and interpersonal communication.

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Stadler, R. (2021) "Chapter 4 Relational and Practice Based Knowledge Management" In: Stadler, R. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635444-4908


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