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O'Donnell, D; Porter, G; McGuire, David; Garavan, T; Heffernan, M
Languages: English
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Subjects: LC
Intellectual capital creation is defined here as a socially constructed dynamic process of situated collective knowing that is capable of being leveraged into market value. John Seely Brown notes that context must be added to data and information to produce meaning. To move forward, Brown suggests, we must not merely look ahead but we must also learn to “look around” because learning occurs when members of a community of practice (CoP) socially construct and share their understanding of some text or event. In this exploratory theoretical paper we apply the social theory of Jürgen Habermas through the lens of community of practice in order to gain some theoretical insights into the intangible nature of intellectual capital creation. Rejecting the individualistic “Cogito, ergo sum” of the Cartesians, we move in line with Brown’s “We participate, therefore we are” to arrive within a Habermasian community of practice: We communicate, therefore we can create.
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