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Chapter 7 Integrating Multiple Voices: Working with Collusion in Multiparty Collaborations

Relational Practices, Participative Organizing

ISBN: 978-0-85724-006-4, eISBN: 978-0-85724-007-1

ISSN: 1877-6361

Publication date: 17 November 2010


The idea that relational processes are central to knowledge creation and knowledge sharing is an idea in good currency (Bouwen & Taillieu, 2004; Brown & Duguid, 1996; Wenger, 1998). Rather than considering knowledge as a commodity that can be transferred from one mind to another, when knowledge is viewed as a relational practice, it resides in social interactions and is actualized in common practices that evolve within a particular community of practice (Sternberg & Horvath, 1999; Van Looy, Debackere, & Bouwen, 2000). Thus, knowledge is both embedded and emergent — subject to change as participants in a community interact with one another. To understand what is known, it becomes necessary to study how members of an organizational community interact and how their knowledge shifts over time.


Gray, B. and Schruijer, S. (2010), "Chapter 7 Integrating Multiple Voices: Working with Collusion in Multiparty Collaborations", Steyaert, C. and Van Looy, B. (Ed.) Relational Practices, Participative Organizing (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 121-135.



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