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Epistemic communities in universities

Epistemic communities in universities

Gore, Tim (2011) Epistemic communities in universities. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10. pp. 98-103. ISSN 1877-0428 (doi:

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The creation of new knowledge, as evidenced by trends in research publications is increasingly a collaborative affair. However, the epistemological assumptions underlying how we see knowledge are predominantly based on a view of knowledge as created and owned by individuals who may then ‘trade’ this ‘commodity’. These assumptions permeate the way we try to manage knowledge creation and dissemination – an issue of increasing centrality for universities. This paper examines the concept of epistemic communities from the strategic view of universities wishing to augment their role as knowledge producers and disseminators. It shines a light on underlying assumptions about the nature of knowledge and offers some alternative more socially oriented views to the prevailing individualist orthodoxy. The paper draws on a range of current studies and quotes expert witnesses to inform how universities could better widen their capacity for novel research, reaching out to a geographically dispersed network of experts and across national and organisational frontiers.

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Additional Information: [1] Available online 9 February 2011. [2] This paper forms part of a selection of papers from the 4th & 5th UK Social Networks Conferences held at The University of Greenwich in London, UK, July 2008 and 2009 and published as Vol.10 of the journal Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2011. The volume is edited by Bruce Cronin and Dimitris Christopoulos. [3] Elseiver Open Access Article. Further details at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: universities, epistemic communities, knowledge, innovation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Business
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