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Shaping Knowledge: Complex Social-Spatial Modelling for Adaptive Organizations (Chandos Information Professional Series)
  • Publication Type:
    Book
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Book
  • Authors:
    O'Brien JR
  • Publisher:
    Elsevier-Chandos
  • Publication date:
    20/07/2014
Abstract
Organizations depend on knowledge, yet knowledge can be uncertain, contentious or paradoxical. Organizations must adapt to ever-changing environments, whether natural, artificial, political or commercial, and their survival depends on effective thinking and agile actions. Shaping Knowledge provides an introduction to the key tools for thinking required by managers in today’s knowledge-intensive environments. This book provides practical methods and critical insights for modelling complex knowledge domains. Knowledge is social as it represents relationships among people, things and places, and is spatial as it represents the structures and dynamics of these relationships. Knowledge provides the means by which we shape our socio-spatial environments, just as our environments shape the way we come to think and act. Organizational professionals work with knowledge within ‘landscapes’ of constant change and continuous innovation. Any organization’s knowledge is its prime asset, based on its resources of data, documentation and libraries. However, its true value requires the activations of structure, query, search and decision. Shaping Knowledge equips professional modellers – managers, researchers and engineers – with the skills to capitalize on these assets, and provides a rich resource for further exploration and development in their knowledge-based practices.
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