Knowledge Work and Knowledge-intensive Firms
By (author) Mats Alvesson
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Knowledge Work and Knowledge-intensive Firms by Mats Alvesson
Book DescriptionThis book addresses the concept of knowledge, and its use in the contexts of work and organizations. It provides a critical understanding of current approaches to knowledge management, organization, and the 'knowledge economy'. The author describes a number of cases of 'knowledge intensive firms', including IT firms, management consultancy firms, advertising agencies, and life science companies. He emphasizes the ambiguity of knowledge in the input, process, and output of professional work, and suggests that we should be careful in assuming too much about the nature, role, and effects of 'knowledge' in business life. Instead we should understand the constructed nature of knowledge and scrutinize knowledge claims carefully. Alvesson looks at several aspects of management and working life, including human resource management issues, client control, and the regulation of identity. Rhetoric, symbolism, image, the politics of knowledge claims, and identity are all shown to be crucial for understanding the management of 'knowledge intensive firms'. By challenging key assumptions in current thinking about knowledge and organization, a novel theoretical approach is suggested. The book will be of interest to business and management academics concerned with issues of knowledge and organization, and will serve as supplementary reading for graduate and final year undergraduate business and management students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199268863
(214mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Making a case for a reflexive approach to leadership that is informed by in-depth studies of managers. The book aims to facilitate reflexivity in terms of challenging one's position - understanding of leadership - and considering alternatives.
Managerial Lives, Paperback (May 2016)
This book examines the relationship between experience, situation and identity in the managerial life.
Organizational Culture, Hardback (December 2015)View all books by Mats Alvesson
This collection of key papers has been meticulously put together by acclaimed editor Mats Alvesson, and covers themes including culture, image and identity, socialisation, leadership, power and conflict, ethics and communication and much more.
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