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Knowledge and Learning in the Firm

Edited by Bart Nooteboom, Professor Emeritus, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
This authoritative collection provides a wide-ranging survey of the most significant previously published papers on knowledge and learning within organizations. It explores beyond economics into the fields of cognitive science and sociology. The first volume investigates cognition in general and contains a number of classic articles which furnish the fundamentals of ‘embodied cognition’, the social basis of cognition and categorization. The second volume explores the application of these fundamentals to organizations and includes key papers on organizational, as opposed to individual, cognition and on the related themes of unity and diversity, stability and change.
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Publication Date: 2006
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This authoritative collection provides a wide-ranging survey of the most significant previously published papers on knowledge and learning within organizations. It explores beyond economics into the fields of cognitive science and sociology. The first volume investigates cognition in general and contains a number of classic articles which furnish the fundamentals of ‘embodied cognition’, the social basis of cognition and categorization. The second volume explores the application of these fundamentals to organizations and includes key papers on organizational, as opposed to individual, cognition and on the related themes of unity and diversity, stability and change.

Bart Nooteboom’s authoritative introduction provides explanatory information and points the way for future work in this area.
‘Improving our understanding of how firms evolve and develop requires that we delve into the cognitive science sources of knowledge and learning. This collection of essays promises to do just that.’
– Douglass C. North, Washington University, US
33 articles, dating from 1934 to 2003
Contributors include: C. Argyris, G. Bateson, A. Damasio, F.A. Hayek, J.G. March, G.H. Mead, D.A. Schön, L. Vygotsky, K.E. Weick
Contents:
Volume I: The Fundamentals of Embodied Cognition
Acknowledgements
Introduction Bart Nooteboom
PART I FUNDAMENTAL CLASSICS
1. F.A. Hayek ([1952] 1976), ‘The Structure of the Mental Order’
2. John H. Flavell (1963), ‘Basic Properties of Cognitive Functioning’
3. Lev Vygotsky ([1934] 1986), ‘Thought and Word’
4. Gregory Bateson ([1972] 2000), ‘The Logical Categories of Learning and Communication’
PART II BODY AND MIND
5. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1999), ‘The Embodied Mind’
6. Antonio Damasio (2003), ‘Ever Since Feelings’
PART III THE SOCIAL DIMENSION
7. George H. Mead (1982), ‘1927 Class Lectures in Social Psychology’
8. D.A. Kolb (1984), ‘The Process of Experiential Learning’
PART IV CONCEPTS AND REPRESENTATIONS
9. Eleanor Rosch (1978), ‘Principles of Categorization’
10. Roger C. Schank and Robert P. Abelson (1977), ‘Scripts’
11. B. Shanon (1993), ‘A Picture of Mind’ and ‘The Representational and the Presentational’
12. Horst Hendriks-Jansen (1996), ‘Situated Activity, Cultural Scaffolding, and Acts’
Name Index

Volume II: Knowledge and Learning in Organizations
Acknowledgements
Introduction Bart Nooteboom
PART I ORGANIZATIONAL COGNITION
1. Bruce Kogut and Udo Zander (1992), ‘Knowledge of the Firm, Combinative Capabilities, and the Replication of Technology’
2. Michael D. Cohen and Paul Bacdayan (1994), ‘Organizational Routines Are Stored as Procedural Memory: Evidence from a Laboratory Study’
3. Scott D.N. Cook and Dvora Yanow (1993), ‘Culture and Organizational Learning’
4. Karl E. Weick (1979), ‘Enactment and Organizing’
5. Linda E. Smircich and Gareth Morgan (1982), ‘Leadership: The Management of Meaning’
6. Bart Nooteboom (1992), ‘Towards a Dynamic Theory of Transactions’
7. Wesley M. Cohen and Daniel A. Levinthal (1990), ‘Absorptive Capacity: A New Perspective on Learning and Innovation’
PART II UNITY AND DIVERSITY
8. Paul DiMaggio (1997), ‘Culture and Cognition’
9. Haridimos Tsoukas (1996), ‘The Firm as a Distributed Knowledge System: A Constructionist Approach’
10. John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid (1991), ‘Organizational Learning and Communities-of-Practice: Toward a Unified View of Working, Learning and Innovation’
11. John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid (2001), ‘Knowledge and Organization: A Social-Practice Perspective’
12. Steven Postrel (2002), ‘Islands of Shared Knowledge: Specialization and Mutual Understanding in Problem-Solving Teams’
13. Morten T. Hansen (1999), ‘The Search-Transfer Problem: The Role of Weak Ties in Sharing Knowledge across Organization Subunits’
14. Alessia Contu and Hugh Willmott (2003), ‘Re-Embedding Situatedness: The Importance of Power Relations in Learning Theory’
PART III STABILITY AND CHANGE
15. Chris Argyris and Donald A. Schön (1978), ‘What is an Organization that it May Learn?’
16. James G. March (1991), ‘Exploration and Exploitation in Organizational Learning’
17. Rebecca M. Henderson and Kim B. Clark (1990), ‘Architectural Innovation: The Reconfiguration of Existing Product Technologies and the Failure of Established Firms’
18. Michael L. Tushman and Philip Anderson (1986), ‘Technological Discontinuities and Organizational Environments’
19. Robert A. Burgelman (1991), ‘Intraorganizational Ecology of Strategy Making and Organizational Adaptation: Theory and Field Research’
20. Martha S. Feldman and Brian T. Pentland (2003), ‘Reconceptualizing Organizational Routines as a Source of Flexibility and Change’
21. Bart Nooteboom (1999), ‘Innovation, Learning and Industrial Organisation’
Name Index