Knowledge Assets Securing Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy

ISBN-10: 019829607X
ISBN-13: 9780198296072
Edition: 1999
Authors: Max H. Boisot
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Book details

List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/23/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

It is now widely recognized that the effective management of knowledge assets is a key requirement for securing competitive advantage in the emerging information economy. Yet the physical and institutional differences between tangible assets and knowledge assets remain poorly understood. In the case of knowledge, the ownership and control of assets are becoming ever more separate, a phenomenon that is actually exacerbated by the phenomenon of learning. If we are to meet the challenges of the information economy, then we need a new approach to property rights based on a deeper theoretical understanding of knowledge assets. Max Boisot writes clearly and in accessible language providing some of the key building blocks which are needed for a theory of knowledge assets. He develops a powerful conceptual framework, the Information-Space or I-Space, for exploring the way knowledge flows within and between organizations. This framework will enable managers and students to explore and understand how knowledge and information assets differ from physical assets, and how to deal with them at a strategic level within their organizations.

Max Boisot is currently Professor of Strategic Management at ESADE, Barcelona and Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Preface
Introduction
The Information Perspective
The Information Space (I-Space)
The Paradox of Value
Neoclassical versus Schumpeterian Orientation to Learning
Culture as a Knowledge Asset
Products, Technologies, and Organizations in the Social Learning Cycle
Competence and Intent
IT and its Impact
Applying the I-Space
Recapitulation and Conclusion

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