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Implied, inferred, understood without being expressly stated.

Tacit refers to something done or made in silence, as in a tacit agreement. A tacit understanding is manifested by the fact that no contradiction or objection is made and is thus inferred from the situation and the circumstances.

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created or having effect by operation of law, rather than by being directly expressed.
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TACIT. That which, although not expressed, is understood from the nature of the thing, or from the provision of the law; implied.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Knowledge tacitness is assessed using a three-item scale that measures the extent of the relative difficulty of transferring and imitating the technology (Kogut and Zander, 1993).
Due to the tacitness of part or even most of this knowledge, decisions concerning the retention of executives are challenging.
In a loosely coupled system, groups have internal coherence but lack rigid ties to other groups: "loose coupling also carries connotations of impermanence, dissolvability, and tacitness all of which are potentially crucial properties of the 'glue' that holds organizations together" (p.
'Differences in entrepreneurial opportunities: the role of tacitness and codification in opportunity identification', Journal of Small Business Management, 47(1): 38-57.
It is the tacitness of this knowledge that actually leads to MNE advantages over competitors (Harzing, 2000; Kogut & Zander, 1993), by enabling differentiation from competitors through its inimitability (e.g., Subramaniam & Venkatraman, 2001).
(97.) But see Robin Cowan et al., The Explicit Economics of Knowledge Codification and Tacitness, 9 INDUS.
"The explicit economics of knowledge codification and tacitness", Industrial and Corporate Change, 2000, 9 (2), pp.
Some characteristics of knowledge are not covered by the metaphor and remain hidden, like the non-rivalry and non-additiveness of knowledge (Lev, 2001) and the tacitness of knowledge.
As the role of knowledge and the learning organization has grown, the tacitness and explicitness of knowledge in the organization will become the key strategic consideration in shaping a competitive strategy (Abdullah and Ahmad, 2009).