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Developing tacit knowledge in organizations: An advanced phenomenological view

An online seminar with Profs Rodrigo Ribeiro, Hari Tsoukas and Demetris Hadjimichael

17th September 2020

Warwick Business School, Coventry, from 13:00 - 14:30 (GMT)

In this paper, we provide an advanced phenomenological account for the development of tacit knowledge in organizations, focusing in particular on the intertwinement of embodiment and sociomateriality. We argue that tacit knowledge develops the more embodied agents dwell in the living background of sociomaterial practices.

We illustrate our argument with several examples from organizational research and show how it sheds new light on the knowledge-based theory of the firm and the associated concepts of organizational routines and capabilities.

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The seminar is aimed at PhD students, early career scholars and curious minds

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Demetris Hadjimichael is an Assistant Professor in the Organization and Human Resource Management (OHRM) group at the Warwick Business School. He undertook his PhD at the Warwick Business School with funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He also holds a BA in Public and Business Administration from the University of Cyprus and a MSc in Managerial Psychology from the University of Manchester. His research centres around understanding how organisational improvisation, knowledge, emotions and sociomateriality enable work, by utilising phenomenology, process and practice theories, as well as qualitative research techniques.

Previous appointments at the Manchester Business School, the University of Essex, the University of Strathclyde, and ALBA Graduate Business School (Greece). He works as the Columbia Ship Management Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Cyprus. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney Business School; Academic Adviser to the Hellenic Association of Chief Executive Officers; former Editor-in-Chief of Organization Studies (2003-2008); and a co-founder and co-organizer of the acclaimed International Symposium on Process Organization Studies.

Rodrigo Ribeiro serves as the Head of the Graduate Program of Production Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. His research interests are on the social, technical and organizational aspects of expertise and learning within organizations, with a special focus on the development, maintenance and diffusion of tacit Knowledge. He has backgrounds in Civil/Production Engineering and in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and has held a visiting appointment at UC Berkeley, where he studied key authors in the fields of Philosophy and Social Anthropology. Having conducted research/consultancy in disparate settings such as one of the most advanced steel plants in Japan and two Greenfield industrial projects near the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Rodrigo has a situated, engaged and participative approach to researching and solving practical problems faced by and with practitioners.