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Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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What is practical knowledge?

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Title:What is practical knowledge?
Author(s):Gustavo Guzman, (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia)
Citation:Gustavo Guzman, (2009) "What is practical knowledge?", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 13 Iss: 4, pp.86 - 98
Keywords:Education, Knowledge management, Workplace learning
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/13673270910971851 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explain the key dimensions of practical knowledge. It is argued that practical knowledge and practice are two sides of the same phenomenon and possess objective and subjective dimensions.

Design/methodology/approachThe development of this paper involved an in-depth review of the workplace learning, cognitive education and practice-based management literatures supported by Giddens and Habermas' insights on action.

FindingsThe proposed framework complements practice-oriented management research. While there is a significant body of literature dealing with workplace action-learning approaches, still it is not clear what approach to use in what situation. The proposed framework might assist in this task since it recognises different configurations of practice and their associated PK.

Originality/valueThis paper integrates parallel literatures from different theoretical backgrounds in order to explain the main dimensions of practical knowledge.

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