Cognitive and practice-based theories of organizational knowledge and learning: incompatible or complementary?

MARSHALL, NICHOLAS (2008) Cognitive and practice-based theories of organizational knowledge and learning: incompatible or complementary? Management Learning, 39 (4). pp. 413-435. ISSN 1350-5076

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Abstract

Cognitive and practice-based approaches to organizational knowledge and learning are typically portrayed as incommensurable, with the result that there has been little positive dialogue between the two traditions. This article argues that the incompatibility of the two sets of approaches has been overstated and that there is actually much that each can learn from the other. Cognitive approaches, which have often been accused of offering an effectively individualized, static and representationalist understanding of organizational knowledge, can benefit from taking on board the practice-based view of knowledge as historically, culturally and socially situated. However, the article also suggests that practice-based theories would do well to draw insights from cognitive approaches, particularly regarding the role of cognitive frameworks or schemas in guiding knowledge processes. To provide an example of how cognitive and practice-based approaches can be integrated, the latter part of the article offers an empirical illustration of how a team of consulting engineers represent and perform alternative schemas of project work through their day-to-day practices.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognition; Practice; Project management; Schemas; Social norms and rules
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N213 Project management
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/1350507608093712
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 12:49
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5340

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