A rhetorical reconsideration of knowledge management: Discursive dynamics of nanotechnology risks

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David Carlone, Associate Professor (Creator)
Roy Schwartzman, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: For some time, it has been argued, the United States and other “developed” nations have been caught up in a shift from an industrial to a post-industrial or knowledge society (e.g., Bell, 1973; Drucker, 1994). In this new society, experts use their commodified knowledge to rationally order resources in the resolution of problems. However, this “dream” has endured considerable criticism, and for several reasons. For example, though innovation in information and communication technologies has been considerable, the resulting products carry social consequences and may actually create problems and destabilize culture (Blackler, Reed, & Whitaker, 1993). As well, capitalism seems less rational today, tending toward flexibility and disorganization (Offe, 1985). Thus, though it may be accurate to say that we have more knowledge today, it does not necessarily follow that this growth remedies social problems.

Additional Information

A. Koohang, K. Harman, & J. Britz (Eds.), Knowledge management: Theoretical Foundations (pp. 1-39)
Language: English
Date: 2008
knowledge management, nanotechnology, communication analysis

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