A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Organization of knowledge ecosystems: Prefigurative and partial forms

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Järvi Kati, Almpanopoulou Argyro, Ritala Paavo
Publisher: Elsevier
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Research Policy
Volume number: 47
Issue number: 8
Start page: 1523
End page: 1537
Number of pages: 15
ISSN: 0048-7333
JUFO-Level of this publication: 3
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


This paper provides a unique perspective on knowledge ecosystems by
studying their organization. Grounded in empirical evidence, we propose
that knowledge ecosystems consist of users and producers of knowledge
that are organized around a joint knowledge search. A distinction is
drawn between knowledge ecosystems searching for a knowledge domain and those searching within
an identified knowledge domain, respectively characterized as
prefigurative and partial forms of organizing. In a knowledge ecosystem
organized in prefigurative form (to identify a knowledge domain), actors
whose participation is affiliated, self-resourced, and unobliged probe
that domain to identify and establish shared knowledge as a basis for
collective actorhood, with no formal rules or coordination mechanisms.
In a knowledge ecosystem organized in partial form (where a knowledge
domain has already been identified), actors search and reveal problem-
and solution-related knowledge, participating though formal membership
and access to resources, and their contributions are monitored. The
present study contributes to the literature by 1) specifying the
distinct types of joint search performed by knowledge ecosystems; 2)
considering how the nature of joint search affects how knowledge
ecosystems are organized; and 3) distinguishing two forms of organizing
knowledge ecosystems, with a focus on participation and coordination.

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