From Tacit to Explicit Knowledge on Conflict and Development: A Personal Construct Theory Approach
The paper describes work to design a knowledge creation (including sharing and use) system on conflict and development studies, which is seen as a common subset of regional and global studies. An action research and grounded theory framework has allowed the researcher to “microsociologize” within the limits of his “glocal habituses.” The affordances of a networked environment and the embeddedness of a self-constructing person within one’s given networks of conversations enabled the researcher to imagine a possible “world” for knowledge creators, exchangers and users. Formative meta-cases of knowledge generation were reviewed and developed out of personal use of three knowledge systems – the Mindanao Studies Resources of the Mindanao Studies Consortium Foundation, Inc., the Mindanawon Study Loop, and the Beyond Intractable Conflict Knowledge Base at Boulder, Colorado. Initial results showed how a cooperative learning system that elicits tacit knowledge from local researchers may help generate meaningful and context-rich explicit forms of knowledge and vice versa. Sociology of knowledge constructs of adaptive and dynamic complex systems that incorporate institutionalized and “invisible” colleges are anticipated. A hybrid term constructure (construct and nurture) is suggested as an alternative to the verb “to construct” following Kenneth Bush’s combination of building and caring metaphors for peace, conflict, and development studies.
Keywords: Tacit Knowledge, Explicit Knowledge, Knowledge Creation, Grounded Theory, Personal Construct Theory, Conflict and Development
Dr. Antonio Moran
Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines in Mindanao