The grey textures of practice and knowledge: review and framework
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Purpose - The aim of this paper was to review the knowledge and practice-related literature, as well as to develop a theoretical framework that functions like a sorting device, in order to improve our understanding about how theories are turned into practice. Design/methodology/approach - This is a theoretical paper that discusses the relationships between practice and knowledge using practice-based lenses. Findings - This paper discusses the relationships between diverse forms of knowledge and practice, and it elaborates the cognitive mechanisms used to know how to shift from the inside to the outside view, and vice versa. Research limitations/implications - By organising a wide range of knowledge- and practice-related concepts into meaningful categories, this paper contributes to overcoming the use of the concepts of knowledge and practice as universal. Practical implications - By recognising the implicit epistemological stance associated with the diverse theories and concepts, the framework may be useful in selecting the most suitable practice concepts and theories for specific situations, especially since they are not universal and are usually developed with different purposes. Originality/value - The proposed framework contributes to improve our understanding about how theories are turned into practice.
European Business Review
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Organisation and Management Theory