Knowledge Management in Public Sector

Friday, November 1, 2013, 10:30am

Situational Appropriation of Information

Isto Huvila


In contrast to the interest of describing and managing the social processes of knowing, information and knowledge management research has put less emphasis on discussing how particular information becomes usable and how it is used in different contexts and situations. The aim of this exploratory text is to make some brief remarks of the applicability of the notion of situational appropriation of information to shed light on this particular process in the context of daily information work practices of professionals. We propose that the notion helps to frame particular types of instances of information use that are not necessarily addressed within the objectivistic, processual or learning oriented paradigms of information and knowledge management. 

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