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Information Space (RLE: Organizations) by Max Boisot

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Chapter 4

ABSTRACT

If we bring the E-space, the U-space, and the C-space together into a single, unified, three-dimensional representation, we obtain the l-space (‘I’ stands for Information’). By examining how codification, abstraction, and diffusion interact to move information through the data field, we can see how new knowledge gradually builds up in a social system.

New knowledge can be described as a clockwise, cyclical movement in the l-space that can be decomposed into six distinct components:

1Scanning – a leftward movement in the I-space through which data which is generally available and diffused crystallizes into singular and idiosyncratic patterns that then become the possession of individuals ...

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