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The many shapes of knowledge


  • Herbert A. Simon


[eng] Knowledge is linked with economics in myriad ways : rewards for discovery, storage and retrieval costs, property in knowledge, and social institutions for preserving and distributing knowledge. In particular, we need a psychological theory about how information is created, processed, communicated and used in solving economic problems and making economic decisions. This paper deals both with the economics of knowledge and the knowledge foundations of economic science. [fre] La connaissance concerne l'économie sous de multiples points de vue : les rétributions liées aux découvertes, les coûts de stockage et de récupération, la propriété des connaissances et les institutions sociales assurant la préservation et la distribution des connaissances. En particulier, nous avons besoin d'une théorie psychologique expliquant comment les informations sont créées, traitées, communiquées et utilisées dans la résolution de problèmes et dans la prise de décisions économiques. Cet article traite à la fois de l'économie des connaissances et des fondements des sciences économiques.

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  • Herbert A. Simon, 1999. "The many shapes of knowledge," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 88(1), pages 23-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:recind:rei_0154-3229_1999_num_88_1_1743
    Note: DOI:10.3406/rei.1999.1743

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    1. Lazaric, Nathalie & Mangolte, Pierre-Andre & Massue, Marie-Laure, 2003. "Articulation and codification of collective know-how in the steel industry: evidence from blast furnace control in France," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(10), pages 1829-1847, December.
    2. Chatterjee, Sidharta, 2011. "The Neuroeconomics of Learning and Information Processing; Applying Markov Decision Process," MPRA Paper 28883, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Benezech, Daniele & Lambert, Gilles & Lanoux, Blandine & Lerch, Christophe & Loos-Baroin, Jocelyne, 2001. "Completion of knowledge codification: an illustration through the ISO 9000 standards implementation process," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(9), pages 1395-1407, December.

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