The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management
Knontology – A New Domain of Understanding and Inquiry in Knowledge Management

Article Details
Pub. Date : Apr, 2019
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJKM31904
Author Name : Sonali Gayen, Sujoy Dey and Sidharta Chatterjee
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 09



This paper provides the foundation of the conceptual term of knontology as a new domain of understanding and inquiry in knowledge management. We construct this sphere by fusing epistemology with ontology, which we believe would help understand ontological problems more effectively. Knontology seeks to provide a deeper understanding beyond ontology—and being conceived from the fusion of epistemology and ontology, it could help us understand and analyze the problems in ontology related to knowledge management more efficiently.


We begin with the aim and purpose of being driven by the need for introducing a new concept in the domain of the philosophy of Knowledge Management (KM), and we call it ‘Knontology’. This need for new understanding and the reason for creation of a new conceptual term in KM, ‘Knontology’, stems from the call for a deeper understanding of the ‘systems of origin’ of knowledge being applied in common practices and models of information design, and to know further about the nature of being, which is ‘ontology’, and which has hitherto been the source of primary understanding of the essence of being in existence. The novel term ‘Knontology’ originates from the fusion of two existing branches of philosophy— ‘epistemology’ and ‘ontology’. Epistemology is concerned with the theory of knowledge, and ontology the branch in metaphysics, deals with the ‘nature of being’. Ontology captures relationships among things in existence, which has practical applications in KM and other domains of study. The role of ontology being that, it is concerned with the study of what entities exist and how such entities are categorized hierarchically according to the nature of similarities and differences among such entities. This is so for the reason that what ontology has to offer explicitly toward shared understanding in a given domain can be improved by introducing this concept of ‘knontology’, wherein it reinforces the deeper understanding of relations between things at the finest levels of inquiry and at various levels of meta-analyses and interpretations.