Nonaka Belief

August 10th, 2013

Knowledge, unlike information, is action. It is always knowledge to some extent. Knowledge, such as information, meaning is, depends on specific contexts and is relational. In his theory of creation of organizational knowledge, Nonaka and Takeuchi adopt the traditional definition of knowledge that considers it a justified true belief, however, clarify that while traditional epistemology puts emphasis on the abstract, static and non-human nature of knowledge, typically expressed in the propositions and formal logic, for them the knowledge is a dynamic human process of justification of the personal belief in search of the truth. In this sense the authors, above, that there is a clear difference between the terms information and knowledge. As Bateson (1979) points out, the information consists of differences that set the difference. The information allows to interpret events or objects from a different point of view, which makes visible certain meanings that were previously invisible, or discover unexpected connections.

The information is therefore a medium or material necessary to extract and build knowledge. Similarly, Dretske (1981) points out that the information is one thing capable of producing knowledge and information that carries a signal is what we can learn from it and knowledge is identified with the belief (or sustained) produced by the information. The information can be considered in two ways: syntactically (by volume that has) and semantically (by the meaning that owns). The semantic aspect of information is more important for the construction of knowledge, because it focuses on the expressed meaning. Then, the information is a message flow and knowledge is created precisely by this flow of information, anchored in the beliefs and the commitment of its possessor. This explanation emphasizes that knowledge is essentially related to human action. In this sense, both information and knowledge are elements of specific context and are relational, since they depend on the situation and are created dynamically during social interaction of people.

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