Max Boisot's key message has lost none of its topicality and importance: the form and communication of knowledge lie at the heart of human social organization. This book provides an excellent discussion of the challenges and opportunities involvedbe it cultural and institutional differences of systems or the complexity of today's (organizational) world. As Boisot's work applies to people, organizations, and society as a whole, his work inspires a deep reflection andencourages further inquiry into many significant issues.
John Child is Emeritus Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the British Academy of Management. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy [FBA]. He has published 21 books and approximately 150 articles and book chapters. He has been editor-in-chief of Organization Studies and Senior Editor of Management and OrganizationReview. His current interests are in organizational design and how smaller firms internationalize.Martin Ihrig is President of I-Space Institute, LLC (USA) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He is interested in the strategic and entrepreneurial management of knowledge and heads a research initiative that explores this topic at Wharton's Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center. In developing strategy tools for corporate and public-sector decision makers, he has worked with organizations such as BAE Systems (USA), The BoeingCompany (USA), and Vale (Brazil). His research projects have been funded by The Economic & Social Research Council (UK), The ATLAS Collaboration at CERN (CH), and Tekes (Finland).