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Kaj Untamo Koskinen, (Tampere University of Technology, Pori)

Abstract:

Purpose - The purpose of the paper is to explore the potential of autopoiesis theory to open up new ways to understand knowledge production in business organizations.

Design/methodology/approach - Initially essential theoretical information is presented, by reviewing the concept of knowledge-based competitive advantages in business organizations, and describing the notions of autopoiesis as a basis for the understanding of knowledge production in organizations, and micro-macro problem within the companies’ structure and production. After that follows the main content of the paper, namely descriptions of processes influencing to knowledge production in business organizations.

Findings - Knowledge is embedded in social practices and a local setting and it is very much tacit in nature providing then a basis for creating a sustainable competitive advantage for business organizations. A business organization’s memory and production are mutual media for one another in autopoietic recursive processes.

Originality/value - Finding a viable perspective and approach with which business organizations can understand how their knowledge-production takes place is an important issue. It is claimed in this paper that the idea of autopoiesis can potentially provide a new understanding for business organizations’ knowledge production.