Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/50662
Authors: 
Jones, Barbara
Miller, Bob
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Manchester Business School working paper 577
Abstract: 
This paper argues for a radical new understanding of the topic generally referred to as Tacit Knowledge. On the basis of a new appraisal of the work of Michael Polanyi, we argue that mapping, assessing, fostering, developing, and improving the tacit component in all use of skill and knowledge is more important for management than converting 'tacit knowledge' into anything else. We also argue that attention to the tacit component is especially relevant to the diffusion of skills and knowledge related to new technologies, products, and processes. Finally we also argue that it should not be taken for granted that the tacit component actually existing in any activity is optimal. We suggest that the individual competency is the only level on which the presence or lack of the necessary tacit component can be mapped.
Subjects: 
Helmholtz
Polanyi
Reber
Nonaka
gestalt
tacit knowledge
tacit component
implicit learning
heuristic
routine
competency
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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