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From knowledge management to cognition management: a multi-potential view of cognition

Dörfler, V. and Szendrey, J. (2008) From knowledge management to cognition management: a multi-potential view of cognition. In: OLKC 2008: International Conference on Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities, 2008-04-28 - 2008-04-30.

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We have defined knowledge as a capacity or potential to act for a long time; this was a useful metaphor as puts emphasis on the process-nature and fluidity of knowledge and on the purpose for which it is used. However, when considering the idea of autopoietic systems, according to which all living systems are cognitive systems we realised that knowledge is a cognitive potential but not the only cognitive potential. In this paper we developed a conceptual framework that extends the conception of cognition to three further potentials beyond knowledge, the instincts, the emotions, and the transcendence.