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Exploiting Information: Seeking Long-term Preservation of organisational knowledge
Mid Sweden University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (ITMG)
2013 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Long-term preservation of organisational knowledge gives the business opportunities to reusestored knowledge. This preservation of knowledge is present both in the organisation as such,found explicitly in the organisational stock, and also in the individual workers, implicit intheir flow of action. Theoretically have the reuse of knowledge been named organisationalmemory and also been addressed in knowledge management. In a single case-study of amanufacturing company, the authors study the utilisation of product configuration information(PCI) and its role in meeting requirements on long-time preservation of product-relatedknowledge. This structured and standardised information is used throughout the organisation,serving as a base for both organisational and individual knowledge for the entire company.Since the information has been used in the same way for decades it is a part of theorganisation´s culture and influences structures and procedures connected to the informationbase. The result of the study implies that usage of PCI grants the individual worker a highdegree of task-related freedom as well as intra-organisational mobility. The downside for theindividuals is the long time period it takes to get familiar with PCI due to its complexity. Forthe organisation as such, PCI provides a stable stock of knowledge which is available overextended periods of time, drastically reducing dependence upon individual workers.

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organisational memory, knowledge management, long-term preservation of knowledge, product configuration information
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85423OAI: diva2:693436
22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, 21-23 August, 2013

Also known in the proceedings with the former title: The necessity of knowledge: from structured information to boundary objects

Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-04 Last updated: 2014-03-10Bibliographically approved

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