Quotation Pfeiffle, Horst. 2008. Knowledge Management. In Annual Conference - Conference Programme, Plenary Papers and Abstracts, Hrsg. Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, 1-9. New College, Oxford, Großbritannien:




The limits of our knowledge and legitimacy of our knowledge claims are issues that go hand in hand with the history of thinking since Antiquity. With the advent of the term ‘knowledge workers’, it was only a matter of time before someone collocated the terms ‘knowledge’ and ‘management’. Yet great ambivalence exists even among prominent thought leaders in this new “management discipline” regarding the actual use of the term ‘knowledge management’. Diffused in it we find not only concrete, pragmatic business studies and intelligent document analysis approaches, but also epistemological, holistic, constructivist, systems theoretical hyperboles. Knowledge management is a collocation of words at odds with what it should actually bring together and veiled by naive habits of speech making the discomfort its thought leaders feel for their own neologism far easier to comprehend. Paradigmatic for this is its distorting reception of Polanyi’s concept of knowledge. By means of selected marginalia on the popular modern topic of knowledge management, this article seeks to draw attention to the (mis-)use of the term knowledge’ in modern management theory and practice and indicate the lessons to be learned for educational theory and practice.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language German
Title Knowledge Management
Title of whole publication Annual Conference - Conference Programme, Plenary Papers and Abstracts
Editor Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
Page from 1
Page to 9
Location New College, Oxford, Großbritannien
Year 2008
URL http://www.philosophy-of-education.org/conferences/pdfs/Horst_Pfeiffle.pdf


Pfeiffle, Horst (Details)
Education und Philosophy IN (Former organization)
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5800 Educational sciences (Details)
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