Epistemology and Theory of Knowledge Research Paper

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From an epistemological perspective the focus on reporting and analysis, control and management that were the initial design goals of these systems led to an overly-reliant mindset on historical data. As a result, a posteriori knowledge was deficient in the first decades of these systems being used.

The need for explaining and analyzing the epistemological structure of these systems' transitions from being entirely a priori centric to seeking to integrate a posteriori intelligence and knowledge changed the theory of how enterprise systems contribute to knowledge management and creation. The concepts of a posteriori analysis, more reliance on constructivist approaches to analyzing the performance of enterprise systems served as a catalyst for increased use of analytics, metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs). Paradoxically as constructivism became more prevalent as a means to explain the value of information systems and their associated technologies, a priori analysis also became more granular, quantified and measured. The combining of constructivist approaches to defining the knowledge generated by enterprise systems in conjunction with a posteriori approach to knowledge creation also led to the development of predictive modeling and predictive analytics techniques as defined in the dissertation as well. What emerges from an epistemological analysis of the enterprise systems performance and its accompanying contributions to organizations is more of an ecosystem than a straight-line process. The definition and continual refinement of this knowledge ecosystem is based on analysis a priori that is functional in scope. The needs of organizations drive the development of a posteriori knowledge creation, and constructivist approaches to analysis put the knowledge into the context of roles within organizations. The ecosystem has as its foundation constructivism as the perception of the need and the direction of the knowledge capture and analysis has brought together both a priori and a posteriori forms of knowledge creation. The role-based approach to knowledge capture, analysis and use continues to redefine the epistemological structure of enterprise systems and knowledge creation ecosystems.

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