Management Knowledge and Knowledge Management: Realism and Forms of Truth

Mingers, John (2008) Management Knowledge and Knowledge Management: Realism and Forms of Truth. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 6 . pp. 62-76. ISSN 1477-8238. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This paper addresses the issue of truth and knowledge in management generally and knowledge management in particular. Based on ideas from critical realism and critical theory, it argues against the monovalent conceptualization of knowledge implicitly or explicitly held by many authors and aims instead to develop a characterization that recognises the rich and varied ways in which human beings may be said “to know”. It points out and conceptualises a fundamental dimension of knowledge that is generally ignored or cursorily treated within the literature, that is, “truth”. It identifies four forms of knowledge – propositional, experiential, performative and epistemological – and explores their characteristics, especially in terms of truth and validity. It points out some implications for knowledge management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Knowledge management; knowledge; information; critical realism; critical theory; truth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA33 Management Science
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD29 Operational Research - Applications
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 13:41
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 10:20
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