Construing Knowledge Use

  • Gerald Zaltman
Conference paper
Part of the Institut für Höhere Studien — Institute for Advanced Studies IHS-Studies book series (INHSIAS)


The study of knowledge use is about to come of age after a long period of creative nurturance by scholars such as Lazarsfeld. The field is coming of age for at least the following reasons: (1) it is receiving the active attention of an increasing number of serious scholars in many disciplines; (2) it is increasingly recognized as an important issue by the knowledge application community consisting of policy makers and practitioners in a wide variety of public and private sector agencies; and (3) a number of well established areas (such as technology transfer, R&D management, innovation adoption and diffusion, policy analysis, and so forth) are displaying increasing common foci which in turn overlap with those of concern to people in the knowledge use area thus further enriching the intellectual base of the field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Zaltman
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  1. 1.Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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