Knowledge, Organization, and Management

Building on the Work of Max Boisot

John Child,

Knowledge, Organization, and Management: Building on the Work of Max  Boisot
 
 
Max Boisot was one of the most original thinkers in management and organization studies. An independent scholar with an independent, enquiring, and innovative mind, his work ranged over a number of different areas from early attempts to understand contemporary developments in China to the role of information in organizations, and later the management of Big Science.Yet, as this book shows, there was a central strand that ran through these apparently diverse areas, which was the attempt to understand the relationship between knowledge and information, and its organization — in firms, organizations, and societies — by means of the model Boisot developed, the 'I-Space'. Knowledge, Organization, and Management brings together key examples of Max Boisot's work into a single volume, setting these alongside original, extended commentaries andreflections by his academic collaborators. Structured under five core sections, it covers the main areas in which he forged new understandings: analyses of the Chinese system; organizational complexity; the strategic management of knowledge; knowledge in Big Science; and innovations in education. A further sectionincludes six reflective essays by Boisot's collaborators.The book will be invaluable to organization and management scholars, students, and intellectually curious practitioners.


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