The need to understand the nature of different concepts of knowledge

[Deutscher Titel: Die Notwendigkeit den Charakter verschiedener Konzepte des Wissens zu verstehen (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Title: Knowing: how we know is as important as what we know
Author(s): Ian I. Mitroff
Journal: Journal of Business Strategy
Year: 2008 Volume: 29 Issue: 3 Page: 13 – 22

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show that more than ever than ever, businesses need to understand the nature of different concepts of knowledge and methods for producing them.
Design/methodology/approach – Utilizing the philosophy of inquiry, the extreme importance and relevance of applied epistemology (theories of knowledge/inquiry) for business is demonstrated. It introduces and briefly explains five archetypal inquiry systems from Western philosophy. Each system defines “truth” and “knowledge” in completely different ways.
Findings – The paper shows the strengths and the limitations of each system for “knowledge”, and especially for doing business in the systems age.
Originality/value – The philosophy of inquiry has been greatly underutilized, even ignored, in schools of business. This paper attempts to correct this.
Keywords: Decision making, Knowledge management, Methods of enquiry
Article Type: Viewpoint

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/02756660810873173

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