It is now widely recognized that the effective management of knowledge assets is a key requirement for securing competitive advantage in the emerging information economy. Yet the physical and institutional differences between tangible assets and knowledge assets remain poorly understood. In the case of knowledge, the ownership and control of assets are becoming ever more separate, a phenomenon that is actually exacerbated by the phenomenon of
learning. If we are to meet the challenges of the information economy, then we need a new approach to property rights based on a deeper theoretical understanding of knowledge assets. Max Boisot writes clearly and in accessible language providing some of the key building
blocks which are needed for a theory of knowledge assets. He develops a powerful conceptual framework, the Information-Space or I-Space, for exploring the way knowledge flows within and between organizations. This framework will enable managers and students to explore and understand how knowledge and information assets differ from physical assets, and how to deal with them at a strategic level within their organizations.
`this is a most original and thought-provoking analysis of the factors which create value and promote organisational viability in the knowledge economy. I recommend it heartily.'
Blaise Cronin, Journal of Documentation, Vol. 57, No. 2
Don't judge this book by its phosphorescent cover or cookie-cutter title. What may seem like yet another voguish volume dealing with knowledge management is, in fact, a fiercely intelligent treatise which seeks to lay out the foundations for a political economy of information. Max Boisot is a gifted scholar, ... extremely widely read, well-informed and blessed with an unusual ability to theorise intelligibly for a wide audience. ... He doesn't just make
arguments; he crafts them with the sensitivity of a true artisan, layering and linking a latticework of ideas. Knowledge assets is a serious book which warrants close reading because of the tightly coiled thesis. It is neither pretentious nor condescending. Boisot, an economist, writes with lucidity and
not without humour.
2: The Information Perspective
3: I-Space: The Information Space
4: The Paradox of Value
5: Neoclassical versus Schumpeterian Orientation to Learning
6: Culture as a Knowledge Asset
7: Products, Technologies, and Organizations in the Social Learning Cycle
8: Competence and Intent
9: IT and its Impact
10: Applying the I-Space
11: Recapitulation and Conclusion