Elena P. Antonacopoulou is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Liverpool Management School where she leads GNOSIS, a research initiative advancing collaborative research in management and organization studies. Her principal research interests include change, learning and knowledge practices in organizations, and the development of new methodologies for studying social complexity. She has successfully secured government and corporate funding that supported a series of international research projects on organizational learning, social practice and dynamic capabilities.
In the Greek language a distinction is drawn between topos and choros in describing space/place, in the same way as there is a distinction between chronos and kairos in describing time. These distinctions are intended to distinguish between concreteness and abstractness.
Homer's Odyssey reflects one of the earliest forms of knowledge sharing through myth and narrative. It stands as a timeless piece, reflecting humanity's voyage into the unknown. Ulysses symbolizes humanity's desire for knowledge. The desire to know is what makes humanity human. The thirst for knowing is what attracts humanity to the unknown, to discovery, to exploration, and to creativity. Obscurity and mystery draw knowledge into realization. The desire to know is the desire to transgress boundaries. It is the hope and the belief in the ‘other’.