Know-how is factual knowledge not capable of precise, separate description, but which gives to the one acquiring it the ability to produce something that he otherwise would not have known how to produce with the same accuracy or precision found necessary for commercial success.
|“||refers to skills or the capability to do something. Businessmen judging market prospects for a new product or a personnel manager selecting and training staff have to use their know-how. The same is true for the skilled worker operating complicated machine tools. Know-how is typically a kind of knowledge developed and kept within the border of an individual firm. One of the most important reasons for the formation of industrial networks is the need for firms to be able to share and combine elements of know-how.||”|
- The Knowledge-based Economy, at 12.