(...) Knowledge integration is the process of fitting our ideas – our theories of how-the-world-works – together into a coherent structure. That coherent structure, and the process of bringing knowledge together, has a number of critically important, yet under-appreciated, uses:
• As we expand the scope of our thinking we may come across just the idea, or combination of ideas, that enables progress on the seemingly intractable problems we face.
• As we reconcile conflicting ideas we can force into the open hidden assumptions and logical inconsistencies.
• As we synthesize diverse perspectives we can clarify our thinking and highlight areas of (in)coherence, (dis)agreement, or (un)certainty. (...) http://www.idiagram.com/ideas/knowledge_integration.html