Phenomenology of embodied implicit and narrative knowing

Wendelin Küpers (Wendelin Küpers is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Open University Hagen, Hagen, Germany.)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 1 December 2005



Seeks to argue for a phenomenology of embodied implicit and narrative knowing in organizations and show the significance of experiential dimensions of implicit and narrative knowing and their mutual interrelations in organizations.


For this the advanced phenomenology of Merleau‐Ponty will be used as a framework for clarifying the relational status of tacit, implicit and narrative knowing and their embedment.


Implicit and narrative processes of knowing are inherently linked. Moreover, both forms of knowing in organizations and its implications can be integrated in a Con‐+‐Text.

Practical implications

Some limitations and practical implications will be discussed critically. In conclusion some perspectives of further phenomenological research on embodied implicit and narrative knowing in organizations are presented.


This approach contributes to a processual, non‐reductionist and relational understanding of knowing and offers critical and practical perspectives for creative and transformative processes in organizations, bridging the gap between theory and practice. It provides innovative perspectives with regard to the interrelation of embodied and narrative knowing in organizations.



Küpers, W. (2005), "Phenomenology of embodied implicit and narrative knowing", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 9 No. 6, pp. 114-133.

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