Managerial authority when knowledge is distributed

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Managerial authority when knowledge is distributed

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dc.contributor.author Foss, Kirsten en_US
dc.contributor.author Foss, Nicolai J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:27:18Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:27:18Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01-08T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9788791815140 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7425
dc.description.abstract A critical knowledge governance problem concerns the consequences for the use of the authority if the knowledge that is essential in a work setting is partially unknown to the person who is to exercise authority. Is it possible to rationally direct work and activities and efficiently utilize knowledge under such conditions? Recently, many scholars have given negative answers to this question, arguing that authority relations are becoming strained by the increasingly distributed nature of knowledge in and between firms. We analyze this argument on the basis of definitions of "authority” and "distributed knowledge.” This allows us to show that --- while intuitively appealing --- the argument that authority cannot be an efficient coordination mechanism in the presence of distributed knowledge is at best problematic. The argument is based on the flawed inference that because the holder of authority is ignorant about some of the knowledge held by employees, he cannot rationally direct them. However, it is correct that the quality of centralized direction (planning, authority) may be compromised by distributed knowledge, leading to choices of other governance mechanisms and structures. en_US
dc.format.extent 33 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2008-01 en_US
dc.title Managerial authority when knowledge is distributed en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt08jan03 nijemo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Center for Strategi og Globalisering en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort SMG en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Center for Strategic Management and Globalization en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort SMG en_US
dc.idnumber 9788791815140 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2008 en_US
dc.title.subtitle A knowledge governance perspective en_US


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