The Multifield Structure of Organizational Knowledge



The purpose of this chapter is to present a coherent analysis of the multifield structure of organizational knowledge. This new analysis goes beyond the metaphor of knowledge as stuff, or knowledge as stocks and flows, to the metaphor of knowledge as energy. The organizational knowledge is considered as a dynamic integration of the cognitive knowledge field, emotional knowledge field, and spiritual knowledge field. The chapter evidences the main characteristics of these fields and then describes the multiple forms of knowledge. Cognitive knowledge, emotional knowledge, and spiritual knowledge constitute the fundamental triple helix of the organizational knowledge field. The chapter advances the hypothesis of knowledge transformation from one form into another one, especially cognitive knowledge transformation into emotional knowledge, and of the emotional knowledge into the cognitive knowledge.


Cross-cultural management Knowledge management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business Administration, in Foreign LanguagesThe Bucharest University of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania

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