Complex Knowledge: Studies in Organizational Epistemology by Haridimos TsoukasComplex Knowledge: Studies in Organizational Epistemology by Haridimos Tsoukas

Complex Knowledge: Studies in Organizational Epistemology

byHaridimos Tsoukas

Paperback | December 14, 2004

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In this book Haridimos Tsoukas, one of the most imaginative organization theorists of our time, examines the nature of knowledge in organizations, and how individuals and scholars approach the concept of knowledge.Tsoukas firstly looks at organizational knowledge and its embeddedness in social contexts and forms of life. He shows that knowledge is not just a collection of free floating representations of the world to be used at will, but an activity constitutive of the world. On the one hand the organizationas an institutionalized system does produce regularities that can can be captured via propositional forms of knowledge. On the other, the organization as practice, as a lifeworld, or as an open-ended system produce stories, values, and shared traditions which can only be captured by narrative formsof knowledge. Secondly, Tsoukas looks at the issue of how individuals deal with the notion of complexity in organizations: Our inability to reduce the behaviour of complex organizations to their constituent parts. Drawing on concepts such as discourse, narrativity, and reflexivity, he adopts a hermeneuticalapproach to the issue.Finally Tsoukas examines the concept of meta-knowledge, and how we know what we know. Arguing that the underlying representationalist epistemology of much of mainstream management causes many problems, he advocates adopting a more discursive approach. He describes what such an epistemology might be,and illustrates it with examples from organization studies and strategic management.An ideal introduction to the thinking of a leading organizational theorist, this book will be essential reading for academics, researchers, and students of Knowledge Management, Organization Studies, Management Studies, Business Strategy, and Applied Epistemology.
Haridimos Tsoukas is the George D. Mavros Research Professor of Organization and Management at ALBA in Greece, and Professor of Organization Studies, University of Warwick, UK. Previous positions held include Lecturer at Warwick Business School (1990-5), and Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus.
Title:Complex Knowledge: Studies in Organizational EpistemologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:426 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.95 inPublished:December 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Explorations into Organizational Knowledge1. The Firm as a Distributed Knowledge System2. Forms of Knowledge and Forms of Life in Organized Contexts3. (with E. Valdimirou): What is Organizational Knowledge?4. The Tyranny of Light: The Temptations and the Paradoxes of the Information Society5. Where Does New Organizational Knowledge Come From?Part II: Coping with Organizational Complexity6. (with D. Papoulias): Understanding Social Reforms: A Conceptual Analysis7. Chaos, Compelxity, and Organiztion Theory8. (with Mary Jo Hatch): Complex Thinking, Complex Practice: The Case for a Narrative Approach to Organizational Complexity9. Reading Organizations: Uncertainty, Complexity, NarrativityPart III: Meta-Knowledge: The Epistemology of Management Research10. Refining Common Sense: Types of Knowledge in Management Studies11. The Word and the World: A Critique of Representationalism in Management Research12. What is Good Theory? Arguments for a Discursive Organization Science13. (with Christian Knudsen): The Conduct of Strategy Research

Editorial Reviews

"Tsoukas presents a collection of previously-published essays and conference presentations which he wrote or co-authored during the past decade. The text employs Gregory Bateson's view of epistemology to examine the notion of organizational knowledge. For academics, researchers, and students of knowledge management, organization studies, management studies, strategic management, and applied epistemology."--Reference & Research Book News