The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 17 (1), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 17 (1), 2008 – interessante Artikel (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

The Journal of Strategic Information Systems
Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 1-72 (March 2008)

The quality of group tacit knowledge 4-18
Zeynep Erden, Georg von Krogh, Ikujiro Nonaka

  • Abstract: Organizational knowledge creation theory explains the process of making available and amplifying knowledge created by individuals as well as crystallizing and connecting it to an organization’s knowledge system. What individuals get to know in their (working) lives benefits their colleagues and, eventually, the wider organization. In this article, we briefly review central elements in organizational knowledge creation theory and show a research gap related to the quality of tacit knowledge in a group. We advance organizational knowledge creation theory by developing the concept of “quality of group tacit knowledge.” Based on this concept, we further develop a comprehensive model explaining different levels of tacit knowledge quality that a group can achieve. Finally, we discuss managerial implications resulting from our model and outline imperatives for future theory building and empirical research.
  • Keywords: Tacit knowledge; Group tacit knowledge; Quality of group tacit knowledge; Improvisation; Phronesis; Collective action
  • doi: 10.1016/j.jsis.2008.02.002

Architectural knowledge in inter-organizational IT innovation 19-38
Magnus Andersson, Rikard Lindgren, Ola Henfridsson

  • Abstract: This paper examines the front-end process of inter-organizational IT innovation. In particular, it focuses on the nature and role of architectural knowledge. Such knowledge is important for development of architectures capable of serving the goals of heterogeneous actors and technologies. Yet, surprisingly little research has been done on how architectural knowledge may be developed through collective achievements. This paper presents a theoretical model of architectural knowledge development in inter-organizational IT innovation. Applying this model throughout an action research project within the Swedish transport industry, the paper identifies four dimensions of architectural knowledge that proved important for facilitating an industry-wide ubiquitous computing environment. The four dimensions are technology capability awareness, use context sensitivity, business model understanding, and boundary-spanning competence. We conclude the paper by outlining the theoretical and strategy implications of the model and the four dimensions of architectural knowledge.
  • Keywords: Action research; Architectural knowledge; Heterogeneity; Inter-organizational innovation; IT innovation; Ubiquitous computing
  • doi: 10.1016/j.jsis.2008.01.002

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