Managing obsolete knowledge: Towards a clarified and contextualized conception of unlearning

Mohammad Hosein Rezazade, Joan Rodon, Milad Zafarnejad

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The paper aims at clarifying, specifying, and contextualizing the concept of organizational unlearning in the IS literature, through a systematic analysis of the concept. We suggest a definition of unlearning as an intentional practice in order to reduce the possible negative impacts of obsolete knowledge. Reviewing the IS literature based on the suggested definition, we identify four dominant views of unlearning. Using this definition, we empirically explore how organizations apply unlearning in the case of disruptive IT changes. The insight from the empirical study shows a wide range of unlearning practices which are applied to different organizational and technical factors. In addition, we identify six characteristics of the IS context which have direct bearings on applying unlearning practices. Using these empirical insights, we suggest how the concept of unlearning can be clearly defined and specifically operationalized in order to avoid common misunderstanding of this concept. We conclude by commenting on how the dominant views of unlearning in the IS literature can be completed and enriched.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicacióECIS 2012 - Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems
EditorAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (imprès)9788488971548
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 2012
Publicat externament
Esdeveniment20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012 - Barcelona, Spain
Durada: 10 de juny 201213 de juny 2012

Sèrie de publicacions

NomECIS 2012 - Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems

Conferència

Conferència20th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2012
País/TerritoriSpain
CiutatBarcelona
Període10/06/1213/06/12

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