“The Art of Knowing”: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice

  title={“The Art of Knowing”: Social and Tacit Dimensions of Knowledge and the Limits of the Community of Practice},
  author={Paul Duguid},
  journal={The Information Society},
  pages={109 - 118}
  • P. Duguid
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Economics
  • The Information Society
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