Organizational Epistemology

Understanding Knowledge in Organizations

  • Kasra Seirafi

Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Organizational Knowledge

  3. Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Kasra Seirafi
      Pages 107-122
    3. Kasra Seirafi
      Pages 123-149
  4. Organizational Epistemology

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-229

About this book


This book presents an in-depth perspective of knowledge as a fundamental process of any organization rather than just another resource to be managed. The author presents a process-oriented theory of creating and applying knowledge directed towards both researchers and practitioners. In this book the author develops normative knowledge management guidelines which draw from a unique view on knowledge, discussed in the field of philosophy since Plato but neglected by most knowledge management authors – by applying a philosophically grounded ‘social epistemology’ to organizations. The guidelines in this book call for an open and reflective space of knowledge creation, aligned with goals and structures of the organization. Numerous examples, field studies, and an application to the main case study on Seven-Eleven Japan complement both the descriptive view on knowledge as well as the normative guidelines presented in this book.


Knowledge management guidelines Organizational knowledge Organizational learning Philosophy of science Seven-Eleven Japan Social epistemology

Authors and affiliations

  • Kasra Seirafi
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences Upper AusViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Physica, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-34193-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-34194-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1941
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