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Community of practice theory is inherently a social theory. As such it is distinct from more individualist accounts of human behavior, such as mainstream economics. It is, then, unsurprising that community of practice theory and economics tend to favor quite different accounts of knowledge. Taking a community of practice perspective, this paper challenges(More)
Orr's work falls on one side of a marked divide separating rule-based theories from practice-focussed research. From within the tradition of workplace studies (which show themselves intermittently susceptible to rule-based assumptions), Orr argues that workplace studies failed to see the sort of improvisation and bricolage central to his analysis for want(More)
  • David Mayer, Martin F Kenney, Steve Cadigan, Mimi Gigoux, Craig Griffin, Mario Mazzola +14 others
  • 2002
earlier versions. The authors are solely responsible for all of the conclusions and interpretations. 2 Typically, economists and finance researchers have considered corporate acquisitions as arm's length transactions consummated in a relatively perfect market for corporate control, an appealing story no doubt, but it consigns the real world difficulties of(More)
In 1778, Vicesimus Knox, an essayist and schoolteacher, declared his time the "Age of Information," suggesting, in a fashion recognizable today, that the period had severed connections with prior ages and promised rich if daunting futures to those who understood the change. This paper examines Knox's claim by exploring changes in conceptions of information(More)