How can we approach the relationship between the individual and the community in terms of knowledge communication processes? This presentation explores definitions of knowledge combining individual and group perspectives, seeking to build a flexible understanding of knowledge communication at the intersection of the community and the individual. Theories which foreground community include Wengers' concept of Communities of practice, Kenneth Burke's concept of Entitlement as a group language creation process, Karl Weick's notion of organizational sensemaking and Chun Wei Choo's examination of organizational knowing. From definitions foregrounding the individual's role in knowledge communication, Nonaka & Takeuchi's notions of implicit and explicit knowledge in the SECI model, Kenneth Burke's conception of Terministic Screens as a language process at the individual level, Tsoukas & Vladimirou's argument that knowledge can be understood as "individual's ability to draw distinctions" based on appropriate understanding of the context, and Kastberg's (2007) framework for a communicative and integrative approach to knowledge communication. Although none of these theories specifically exclude the individual or the group from knowledge communication processes, an examination of the different ways in which the relationships between individuals and groups are construed lays out the basis for understanding knowledge communication at the intersection of the community and individual. Wenger, Etienne. Communities of Practice. Oxford University Press, 1998. Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1966. Choo, Chun Wei. The Knowing Organization: How organizations use information to construct meaning, create knowledge and make decisions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
Book of Abstracts, 2008
Videnskommunikation; Knowledge Communication; Communities of Practice
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2nd International Conference of the 360<sup>o</sup> conference series: Encompassing Knowledge, 2008
Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Department of Language and Business Communication, Research Group for Knowledge Communication