Knowing in Practice: Enacting a Collective Capability in Distributed Organizing

TitleKnowing in Practice: Enacting a Collective Capability in Distributed Organizing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsOrlikowski, Wanda
Secondary TitleOrganization Science
Volume13
Number3
Date Published05/2002
Abstract

In this paper, I outline a perspective on knowing in practice which highlights the essential role of human action in knowing how to get things done in complex organizational work. The perspective suggests that knowing is not a static embedded ca- pability or stable disposition of actors, but rather an ongoing social accomplishment, constituted and reconstituted as actors engage the world in practice. In interpreting the findings of an empirical study conducted in a geographically dispersed high- tech organization, I suggest that the competence to do global product development is both collective and distributed, grounded in the everyday practices of organizational members. I conclude by discussing some of the research implications of a perspective on organizational knowing in practice.

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