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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Knowledge Management by Barbara Kivowitz, Kathleen Foley Curley

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Chapter 2What Is Knowledge?

Up until now, we have been using the word “knowledge” as a generic, dictionary term, a word everyone knows and understands. We have been using knowledge in its colloquial sense—either something useful that an individual knows, or something useful that many people know in common about a particular subject and that has been collected and validated. An individual artist possesses knowledge about the use of her particular medium. The art world shares knowledge about a historic artistic style such as Impressionism or Cubism.

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines knowledge as: “cognizance. The fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association. Acquaintance with or understanding ...

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