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Towards a consistent analytical framework for studying knowledge integration - Communities of practice, intergration, and recurrent interaction patterns

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The objective of this paper is to contribute to understanding knowledge integration. Theguiding question is 'What are the mechanisms underlying knowledge integration?' Byknowledge integration we mean solving the problem raised by specialization: Specializationleads to a dispersion of specialized bodies of knowledge that are held by different specialists.Knowledge integration refers to how this drawing on different bodies of specializedknowledge is organized. The paper is organized in three main parts. First, we analyze whatthe problem of knowledge integration consists in, how it can be approached, and whatmechanisms are underlying the approaches. Subsequently, we supply an empirical and aconceptual anchoring to our understanding. Finally, we propose to answer the question how touse such an understanding in analysing knowledge integration by focussing the analysis oncommunities of practice as the most adapted level of analysis for analysing knowledgeintegration, and on 'recurrent interaction patterns' within and between such communities. Sucha focus would centure on one of the most important mechanisms for providing knowledgeintegration, it would be on a solid conceptual grounding, and it also is a practical approachthat can be implemented.Keywords: knowledge flows, knowledge integration, communities of practice, recurrentinteraction patterns, routines

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Markus C. Becker

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6909

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