International Journal of Information Management, 28 (1), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: International Journal of Information Management, 28 (1), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

The information audit: Methodology selection 3-11
Steven Buchanan and Forbes Gibb

  • Abstract: This paper considers the comprehensiveness, applicability, and usability of four commonly cited information audit methodologies. Comprehensiveness considers the conceptual, logical, and structural completeness of each methodological approach. Applicability considers the scope of each approach, and the ability to tailor the approach to individual organisational requirements. Usability considers the perceived ease with which each approach can be adopted and applied. A methodological baseline has also been established, which provides a reusable framework to guide future methodology selection, and for developing an individual or tailored approach to the information audit.
  • Keywords: Information audit; Information resource management; Information strategy; Information systems

Co-operative work practices and knowledge sharing issues: A comparison of viewpoints 12-25
E.W. Coakes, J.M. Coakes and D. Rosenberg

  • Abstract: In this paper, we set out to explore the organisational knowledge that evolves from virtual co-operative work experiences. Through case narratives we demonstrate issues that can arise and using the four theoretical viewpoints of sociotechnology, knowledge management, organisational communication theory, and Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) we develop practical insights into the organisational complexity of computer-supported and virtual teamwork. This complexity, we argue, requires a novel combination of work design factors including participation-related design and computer-supported tools. The outcome is improved communication and a fuller application of organisational knowledge that enhances the design and operation of co-operative work.
  • Keywords: Computer Supported Collaborative Work; Knowledge management; Sociotechnology; Organisational communication theory; Teamwork

The strategic drivers and objectives of communities of practice as vehicles for knowledge management in small and medium enterprises 61-67
M. du Plessis

  • Abstract: Communities of practice are a concept that has appeared in the world of knowledge management for a number of years. Many organisations have implemented them and they remain one of the important vehicles of knowledge management in the 21st century. Organisations use communities of practice for different purposes and achieve different goals with them. The concept has its origins in the private sector, where groups of staff members at organisations such as Xerox and Boeing met regularly to share stories and learn from each other via communities of practice. The value of these communities of practice is increased innovation, responsiveness, improved staff skills, and reduced duplication. Very little attention has, however, been given to how small and medium enterprises have accepted and implemented communities of practice, what the rate of implementation and acceptance has been, and how successfully it is working for these organisations. The aim of this article is to focus on communities of practice as a concept in the world of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how that concept translates to value for SMEs.
  • Keywords: Communities of practice; Strategic drivers; Objectives; Collaboration; Sharing

Early challenges of implementing an e-commerce system in a medical supply company: A case experience from a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) 68-75
Kerry Martin, Savvas Papagiannidis, Feng Li, Michael Bourlakis, Steve Cook and Alan Hansell

  • Abstract: Peacocks Medical Group Limited is a leading supplier in the orthotics market in the UK. Until recently the company relied on a well-established part electronic and part paper-based supply chain system, but the increasingly competitive nature of the market has made the company look into further electronically enabling its processes, in order to maintain its competitive advantages and also reduce operational costs and lead times. The case study presents the early experience of their transition to the new system, with particular focus on the analysis and pilot stages, and the impact it has had so far on the stakeholders and the company itself. The case highlights many of the typical problems that such projects may have at their initiation that often hinder progression and lead to failure. Suggestions of possible ways to address these issues in the context of Peacocks’ commercial environment are also considered.
  • Keywords: e-Supply chain; e-Commerce; Health care; Knowledge transfer partnership

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