Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Jerry M. Calton
Who Owns the Knowledge Creation Processes of Learning Organizations?
A Pragmatic Ethical Exploration
This paper applies the theory of ethical pragmatism to argue that participants in the organizational process of knowledge creation have the right to negotiate a “stake” in the ownership of intellectual property. This extends the Donaldson & Preston (1995) argument that the normative core of stakeholder theory rests in a “pluralistic bundle” of socially constructed property rights.