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Title: Authentic knowledge management : the integration of an organisation's environment and the autopoietic characteristics of knowledge agents
Authors: Chan, CK 
Chan, YY
Ip, WH 
Keywords: Autopoietic living systems
Knowledge agent theory
Self-referential capacity
Self-observing capacity
Knowledge management
Organisational environment
Work environment
Free-thinking atmosphere
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Inderscience
Source: International journal of knowledge and learning, 2009, v. 5, no. 1, p. 14-25 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of knowledge and learning 
Abstract: Knowledge management is a relatively new academic discipline. Currently, the major studies are in the areas of knowledge transformation and taxonomy. Although many researchers stress that knowledge activists play an essential role in activating the knowledge process, the study of individual behaviour in organisations is neglected. In this paper, we conceptualise the Knowledge Agent Theory (KAT) as a living system and explain its autopoietic characteristics. An empirical study of the organisations that supply stochastic demand products shows that their open work environment and free-thinking atmosphere enable knowledge agents to widen their self-referential and self-observing capacities, which encourages them to activate the knowledge process.
ISSN: 1741-1009 (print)
1741-1017 (online)
DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2009.024543
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