An economy of knowledge: research, architectural practice and knowledge (in) translation

Maher, A and Mewburn, I 2007, 'An economy of knowledge: research, architectural practice and knowledge (in) translation', in Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, Keystone, USA, 3 - 6 October 2007, pp. 258-269.


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Title An economy of knowledge: research, architectural practice and knowledge (in) translation
Author(s) Maher, A
Mewburn, I
Year 2007
Conference name Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
Conference location Keystone, USA
Conference dates 3 - 6 October 2007
Proceedings title Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Keystone, United States
Start page 258
End page 269
Total pages 12
Abstract How does new knowledge 'flow' within an organisation? In this paper we report upon a case study in which ethnography is employed to render visible the 'knowledge transfer' (strategically redefined as 'knowledge translation') occurring between a PhD researcher and the members of the organisation in which he is 'embedded'. In this case the PhD student is located within an architectural firm and an industry context that is not accustomed to housing researchers in its midst. The path of knowledge flow, or rather its translation, is not found to be smooth. Knowledge 'flow' happens only in leaks and trickles through the organisation. We discuss the implications of this case for how ethnographic research in a business context might be communicated to an audience who do not necessarily value scrutiny of this nature.
Subjects Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
DOI - identifier 10.1111/j.1559-8918.2007.tb00081.x
Copyright notice © American Anthropological Association
ISSN 1559-8918
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