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date: 06 July 2022

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This article develops a definition of the knowledge worker and discusses the characteristics of knowledge workers and their work. It then shifts to the organizational level and takes a closer look at the characteristics of knowledge-based organizations and the management of knowledge work. Several managerial and theoretical challenges arise when we combine individual and organizational knowledge perspectives. Each of these challenges, together with relevant knowledge-focused HR practices, is discussed and presented in a table, which serves as a summary to the article. The final section looks toward the future and explores possible avenues for research, theory-building, and HRM policy and practice development.

Keywords: knowledge workers, human resource management, knowledge-based organizations, organizational knowledge, managerial challenge, HR practices

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