What is it about?

A representative selection of studies published since 1962 is reviewed. The review focuses on the theoretical strengths and limitations of the concept of knowledge work.

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Why is it important?

The review indicates that definitions of knowledge work abound. Although knowledge work has attracted scholarly minds for several decades and the number of publications in this area has rapidly increased, it has proved hard to come by a clear and concise definition of this term. However, certain themes, such as a high level of education and skills and the use of information technology as an integral part of the informational labour process, have become increasingly common to both the empirical and the theoretical literature.


The paper hopefully helps pave the way for more detailed research by providing an ideal‐typical profile of knowledge workers.

Pasi Pyöriä
Tampereen yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: The concept of knowledge work revisited, Journal of Knowledge Management, June 2005, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/13673270510602818.
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