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The tacit mystery: reconciling different approaches to tacit knowledge

Mu�oz, Cristian A.; Mosey, Simon; Binks, Martin


Cristian A. Mu�oz

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Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Martin Binks


In the management literature, tacit knowledge has been conceptualised in partial, divergent, and contradictory ways. This paper reconciles these different approaches by explaining how they address different aspects of the theory of tacit knowing developed through the seminal work of Michael Polanyi. To clarify Polanyi's work, we provide a more inclusive theoretical framework for scholars concerned with the creation and transfer of knowledge. Using this framework, we examine the implications for theory and practice of these different con-ceptualisations and suggest areas for future research. We conclude by proposing that new insights can be gained by reconsidering the concepts of knowing, tacit integration and indwelling where tacit knowing is developed by practical immersion.


Muñoz, C. A., Mosey, S., & Binks, M. (2015). The tacit mystery: reconciling different approaches to tacit knowledge. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 13(3), 289-298.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 3, 2013
Online Publication Date Dec 19, 2017
Publication Date 2015-08
Deposit Date Feb 25, 2019
Journal Knowledge Management Research & Practice
Print ISSN 1477-8238
Electronic ISSN 1477-8246
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 289-298
Keywords tacit knowledge; explicit knowledge; knowledge management theory; knowl- edge transfer; knowledge acquisition; organisational learning
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