Distributed, Negotiable and Hyper-Individual Towards a Definition of Shareable Knowledge

Keywords: knowledge sharing, groups, metaphors


This article presents a definition of sharable knowledge. The study presented in this article shows that knowledge is best shared in the format of high degree of interaction and high degree of use of shared modes.

When groups wish to share or co-create knowledge, they often end up exchanging information or experiences instead. This article puts forward the claim, that knowledge cannot be shared like a cake or another physical resource, as it is by definition bound to personal experience. Thus when sharing knowledge, groups are either exchanging knowledge mono-modally, often through language, or they co-create something that either of the group members could have come up with themselves. The latter form of knowledge sharing might actually be knowledge co-creation rather than sharing, but is nevertheless what is sought for in knowledge sharing processes.

The article outlines six cases of which three were successful in sharing and co-creating knowledge and three were not. One of the successful cases is submitted to microanalysis and on that basis some fundamental claims are made about multimodal knowledge sharing and -co-creation.

The overall conclusion is, that multiple modes are not enough for multimodal knowledge sharing to take place. Rather groups wanting to share knowledge must interact as well as make shared use of the available modes. This in turn has consequences for the definition of knowledge as well as for sharing-practices.


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How to Cite
Greve, L. (2017). Distributed, Negotiable and Hyper-Individual Towards a Definition of Shareable Knowledge. Journal of Organizational Knowledge Communication, 3(1), 49-62. https://doi.org/10.7146/jookc.v3i1.24619