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Exploring sensings in practice: affect and knowledge sharing

Exploring sensings in practice: affect and knowledge sharing The purpose of this paper is to investigate the nature of knowledge sharing and what is experienced as being shared as knowledge sharing unfolds. In particular, the paper explores affect as a key aspect of knowledge sharing in an organisational context.Design/methodology/approachA practice theoretical approach is applied to the study combined with a phenomenological research methodology that focusses on the “lived experience” of participants.FindingsKnowledge-sharing practice was found to encompass cognitive, social, bodily and affective dimensions. Affect was found to be a significant component of the practice as revealed by participant emotion and the use of conversational humour.Research limitations/implicationsIn light of the findings, the researcher recommends a focus on participant sensings in practice theoretical research, in combination with sayings, doings and relatings.Originality/valueThe approach to the study is significant in that, in contrast to previous practice-based research in information studies, it applied a methodology adapted from phenomenology. This combination of approaches opened the investigation to the multi-dimensional experiential nature of knowledge-sharing practice highlighting the significant role of affect in knowledge sharing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Documentation Emerald Publishing

Exploring sensings in practice: affect and knowledge sharing

Journal of Documentation , Volume 75 (3): 17 – May 3, 2019

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0022-0418
DOI
10.1108/jd-11-2018-0191
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the nature of knowledge sharing and what is experienced as being shared as knowledge sharing unfolds. In particular, the paper explores affect as a key aspect of knowledge sharing in an organisational context.Design/methodology/approachA practice theoretical approach is applied to the study combined with a phenomenological research methodology that focusses on the “lived experience” of participants.FindingsKnowledge-sharing practice was found to encompass cognitive, social, bodily and affective dimensions. Affect was found to be a significant component of the practice as revealed by participant emotion and the use of conversational humour.Research limitations/implicationsIn light of the findings, the researcher recommends a focus on participant sensings in practice theoretical research, in combination with sayings, doings and relatings.Originality/valueThe approach to the study is significant in that, in contrast to previous practice-based research in information studies, it applied a methodology adapted from phenomenology. This combination of approaches opened the investigation to the multi-dimensional experiential nature of knowledge-sharing practice highlighting the significant role of affect in knowledge sharing.

Journal

Journal of DocumentationEmerald Publishing

Published: May 3, 2019

Keywords: Information management; Generation and dissemination of information; Phenomenology; Knowledge organizations; Information research; Information organizations

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