The art of systems: the cognitive-aesthetic culture of portal cities and the development of meta-cultural advanced knowledge economies

Murphy, Peter (2007) The art of systems: the cognitive-aesthetic culture of portal cities and the development of meta-cultural advanced knowledge economies. In: Pauleen, David J., (ed.) Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Knowledge Management. Libraries Unlimited knowledge management series . Libraries Unlimited, Westport, USA, pp. 35-63.

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Knowledge economies are the most powerful economies in the world. What makes them possible? This article discusses the origin of knowledge in pattern thinking and the source of pattern thinking in aesthetic forms. In addition, the author notes the concentration of knowledge economies in specific geographic zones-in portal city regions. These various phenomena are confluent. The art cultures of portal cities, and their intense concentrations of designing intelligence, contribute to the long-term accumulation of knowledge in these places. There is a strong parallelism between aesthetic culture and the demands of long-distance portal economies. Aesthetic form lends itself to the management of uncertainty - it facilitates the discovery of pattern in the midst of chaos. At the same time, powerful economies arise out of the same kind of ability to manage high levels of contingency and risk. The city is the most potent point of intersection of these various capacities. Arts-and-science cities, also normally portal cities, self-organize through mimetic aesthetic forms to meet these challenges. Portal cities, characterized by high levels of import and export, are among the most proficient users of pattern forms to manage data flows. Firms and organizations, where the management of knowledge occurs, mirror this. Successful firms and organizations deal with the continuous influx of information generated by contingency. They use pattern thinking and designing intelligence to make sense of those information flows and to obviate the risks inherent in operating in environments that are characterized by high levels of uncertainty and rapid shifts in direction.

Item ID: 22566
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-59158-331-8
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2013 06:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220301 Aesthetics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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