Unlearning before creating new knowledge: A cognitive process.

Grisold, Thomas and Kaiser, Alexander and Hafner, Julee (2017) Unlearning before creating new knowledge: A cognitive process. In: Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Hawaii. pp. 4614-4623. ISBN 978-0-9981331-0-2

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Recent research expresses serious doubts on the concept of unlearning. It is argued that knowledge cannot be discarded or eliminated in order to make space for the creation of new knowledge. Taking into account the recent scepticism, we focus on the cognitive dimension of unlearning and propose an alternative conceptualization. Considering how far unlearning can go from a psychological/cognitive scientific perspective, we propose that unlearning is about reducing the influence of old knowledge on our cognitive capacity. This study: (a) investigates the unlearning process within the cognitive domain and on an individual level and (b) proposes unlearning process triggers that detract or facilitate the knowledge change process, which could subsequently contribute to unlearning on an organizational level.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Cognitive unlearning, enhanced learning methods, knowledge creation, learning vs unlearning, paradigm relatedness framework
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 13:41
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2018 21:27
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URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6413


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