Technical knowledge creation: Enabling tacit knowledge use

Peder Veng Søberg*, Atanu Chaudhuri

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The paper investigates knowledge creation in nascent technical industries, a somewhat neglected empirical setting concerning knowledge creation. Frameworks on organizational learning and knowledge creation assume that knowledge creation depends on language creation and neglect the benefits involved by allowing elements of new product and process ideas to mature in a tacit form, whereas cognitive neuroscience data suggests that technical knowledge creation is largely nonlinguistic. The four case studies point to excessive reliance on group discussion, a need for more trial and error and that field tests and prototypes generate new learnings that save time and lowers subsequent risks. Technical knowledge creation in nascent high tech industries requires opportunities to work with and further develop knowledge in its tacit form. The paper refines frameworks on organizational learning and knowledge creation to better reflect the characteristics of technical knowledge creation. The paper adds prototypes as a necessary, but currently missing outcome option from interpreting processes in the 4I framework.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKnowledge and Process Management (Print Edition)
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Knowledge creation
  • Tacit knowledge
  • Organizational learning
  • Prototypes
  • Mirror neurons


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