Title: Knowledge construction in an Australian software development enterprise: developing the knowledge bases for innovative renewal

Authors: Richard White, Ken Dovey

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Abstract: This paper describes the transformation of a software development organisation in Australia and theorises the learning and knowledge construction processes which it entailed. Faced with changes to the regulatory environment of the organisation, key stakeholders engaged in the processes of learning how to create the conditions under which a new ||insurgent|| organisation, focused upon innovation, could emerge from the old ||incumbent|| organisation without disruption to revenue flows during the two-year transitional period. The paper explicates these learning processes, and the form of praxis that underpinned them, and shows the critical role played by external stakeholders such as customers in the success of the praxis. A key insight gained from the project was the crucial role played by social capital – in particular, relational and identity resources – in the collaborative learning practices through which relevant and pertinent knowledge was constructed.

Keywords: knowledge construction; social capital; creative destruction; collaboration; innovation; organisational renewal; software development; Australia; organisational learning; learning process; collaborative learning; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2004.005991

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2004 Vol.1 No.4, pp.405 - 415

Published online: 17 Jan 2005 *

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