Knowledge Assets: Securing Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 284 pages
It is now widely recognized that the effective management of knowledge assets is a key requirement for securing competitive advantage in the emerging information economy. Yet the physical and institutional differences between tangible assets and knowledge assets remain poorly understood. In the case of knowledge, the ownership and control of assets are becoming ever more separate, a phenomenon that is actually exacerbated by the phenomenon of learning. If we are to meet the challenges of the information economy, then we need a new approach to property rights based on a deeper theoretical understanding of knowledge assets. Max Boisot writes clearly and in accessible language providing some of the key building blocks which are needed for a theory of knowledge assets. He develops a powerful conceptual framework, the Information-Space or I-Space, for exploring the way knowledge flows within and between organizations. This framework will enable managers and students to explore and understand how knowledge and information assets differ from physical assets, and how to deal with them at a strategic level within their organizations.

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Notes "Boisot is a wide-ranging business philosopher whose useful ideas extend well beyond economics and knowledge management. This is a brilliant book. I filled mine with highlights and written notes ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Max Boisot is Professor of Strategic Management at ESADE in Barcelona. He is also Poh Seng Yeoh Research Fellow at the Sol Snider Entrepreneurial Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies; and Visiting Fellow at the Management School, Imperial College in London. From 1984 to 1989 he was the first dean and director of the China-EC Management Programme in Beijing, which hasnow become the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

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