Knowledge Assets: Securing Competetive Advantage in the Information Economy

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Overview

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 remains poorly understood. 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.

This clear, accessible study provides some of the key building blocks needed for a theory of knowledge assets. Boisot 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198290865
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Boisot is Professor of Strategic Management at ESADE in Barcelona.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
2 The Information Perspective 19
3 The Information Space (I-Space) 41
4 The Paradox of Value 70
5 Neoclassical versus Schumpeterian Orientation to Learning 90
6 Culture as a Knowledge Asset 117
7 Products, Technologies, and Organization in the Social Learning Cycle 152
8 Competence and Intent 180
9 Information Technology and its Impact 206
10 Applying the I-Space 230
11 Recapitulation and Conclusion 254
Bibliography 272
Index 280
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