Tacit Knowledge (Polanyi)

March 26, 2009

The concept […] comes from scientist and philosopher Michael Polanyi […] to name a form of knowledge that is apparently wholly or partly inexplicable.

Tacit knowledge is not easily shared. One of Polanyi’s famous aphorisms is: “We know more than we can tell.” Tacit knowledge consists often of habits and culture that we do not recognize in ourselves. In the field of knowledge management the concept of tacit knowledge refers to a knowledge which is only known by an individual and that is difficult to communicate to the rest of an organization. Knowledge that is easy to communicate is called explicit knowledge. […] Tacit knowledge is considered more valuable because it provides context for people, places, ideas, and experiences. Effective transfer of tacit knowledge generally requires extensive personal contact and trust. The process of transforming tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge is known as codification or articulation.

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