Sociofact Theory – The Social Dimension of Knowledge Maturing

U. Riss, and J. Magenheim. Internal Journal of Knowledge Based Organizations vol. (no.): pp. (2012)


The current study concentrates on units of organizational knowledge that we call sociofacts following a terminology introduced by J. Huxley. The analysis looks at the constituents of sociofacts as well as their lifecycle, starting from the concept of knowledge asset. It is based on insights from various established theories such as Activity Theory, Nonaka’s SECI model, Boundary Objects and Transactive Memory Theory. We investigate how the form of sociofacts changes during the Knowledge Maturing process and point at their business relevance. The goal of the paper is to improve the understanding of the structure of organizational knowledge and the process of knowledge maturing.

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