What is Practical Knowledge?
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Purpose: This paper explains 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. Approach: The 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. Research Implications: The proposed framework complements practice-oriented management research. Whilst 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.
Journal of Knowledge Management
Copyright 2009 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Innovation and Technology Management