Revista Interamericana de Bibliotecología
versão impressa ISSN 0120-0976
GAVIRIA VELASQUEZ, Margarita María. Knowledge management and communities of practice in research laboratories of the scientific center in Grenoble, France. Rev. Interam. Bibliot [online]. 2008, vol.31, n.2, pp. 45-78. ISSN 0120-0976.
Some practices related to knowledge management in the laboratories of the scientific center of Grenoble (France) are analyzed. This center was set up from the great scientific and industrial advance in this region since the 19th Century, which has resulted in a large process of academic production, and economic and governmental commitment. It is also a model of collective work, in which several cities and countries cooperate. The main question of this research is if, in this context, a knowledge management model really exists, and which would be the conditions of its existence. Particularly, the analysis focuses on the Nonaka's model called ''Ba'' (situated knowledge), which studies the tacit and explicit knowledge conversion process in the research laboratories, and if they work like communities of practice. The data that support this study were gathered from interviews, principal component analysis, field observations, and case study analysis.
Palavras-chave : Knowledge management; research groups; communities of practice; Grenoble (France).