The uncertainty of knowing

An analysis of the nature of knowledge in a small business context

Andrew Atherton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Experiencing and coping with uncertainty is common to most small businesses, The knowledge that is generated and applied as a result is a product of and a response to this condition, and so can be considered as knowing in and through practice. A consideration of knowledge as contingent upon unpredictable internal and external factors leads to the identification of multiple types of knowledge-as-knowing. As such, knowledge within small businesses can be characterized as contextualized 'bundles' of knowing that are shaped by, and in turn shape, the business and the uncertainty of its internal dynamics and external environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1379-1398
    Number of pages20
    JournalHuman Relations
    Volume56
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2003

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    Keywords

    • Knowledge
    • Knowledge-as-knowing
    • Small businesses
    • Uncertainty

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    In: Human Relations, Vol. 56, No. 11, 01.11.2003, p. 1379-1398.

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