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Implicit Knowledge can be defined simply as knowledge that is not explicit. However, there is a subtle difference between Implicit Knowledge and Tacit Knowledge in that it is presumed that Implicit Knowledge hasn’t yet been codified but that it likely can be codified, while Tacit knowledge may well be impossible to codify. It could be said that Implicit Knowledge is that which hasn’t yet been “put together” either by expression, concept development, assumptions that lead to principles, or through analysis of facts or theory.
In Knowledge Management much has been written since Polanyi (1969) about both Tacit Knowledge and Explicit Knowledge and the distinct differences between the two, but less has been written about the potential importance of Implicit Knowledge as a probable “shade of gray” between the two.
Implicit Knowledge is very much about “knowing how” to do something (which explains to some degree why the terms Implicit Knowledge and Tacit Knowledge are sometimes used interchangeably) but it is something that we may not be able to explain or describe explicitly. Implicit Knowledge is often tapped into indirectly and unintentionally.
Implicit Knowledge - IT Toolbox

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