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Volume 7 Issue 2, ICICKM 2008 / Jun 2009  pp199‑296

Editor: Kevin O'Sullivan

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Knowledge Management in the Brazilian Agribusiness Industry: a Case Study at Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (Sugarcane Technology Center)  pp199‑210

Rivadavia Correa Drummond de Alvarenga Neto, Rogério Salles Loureiro

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Success Factors in Implementing Knowledge Based Systems  pp211‑218

Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen Bechina, Martin Nkosi Ndlela

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Leadership Imperatives of the Information Age  pp219‑226

Norman Crane, Cathryn Downes, Philip Irish, Irving Lachow, Mary McCully

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Diffusion Characteristics for Community Economic  pp227‑232

Scott Erickson, Helen Rothberg

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Enhancing the Reusability of Inter‑Organizational Knowledge: an Ontology‑Based Collaborative Knowledge Management Network  pp233‑244

Nelson Leung, Sim Kim Lau, Joshua Fan

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Researchers have developed various knowledge management approaches that only focus on managing organizational knowledge. These approaches are developed in accordance with organizational KM strategies and business requirements without the concern of system interoperation. The lack of interoperability means that heterogeneous Knowledge Management Systems from different organizations are unable to communicate and integrate with one another, this results in limitation to reuse inter‑organizational knowledge. Here, inter‑organizational knowledge is defined as a set of explicit knowledge formalized and created by other organizations. In this research, a collaborative inter‑organizational KM network is proposed to provide a platform for organizations to access and retrieve inter‑organizational knowledge in a similar domain. Furthermore, ontology and its related mediation methods are incorporated in the network. The concept of ontology enables organizations to explicitly represent their knowledge of a specific domain with representational vocabulary in terms of objects and their interrelated describable relationships. Although different organizations may possess their own set of ontologies, the mediation methods that include mapping, merging and integration are capable of reconciling the underlying heterogeneities of ontologies. In this way, it is possible for the participant organizations to reuse inter‑organizational knowledge within the network even though there are fundamental differences among organizations in terms of KMS structures and knowledge formats. The retrieved inter‑organizational knowledge could then be used to support knowledge creating, storing, dissemination, using and evaluation of the organizational KM process. In additional, a selection framework is also proposed to assist organizations in choosing suitable ontology mediation approaches, ranging from mapping approaches, levels of automation, mediation methods to matching techniques. While knowledge engineers could reuse inter‑organizational knowledge to create and evaluate organizational knowledge, general users are benefit from the effectiveness and efficiency in searching for relevant inter‑organizational knowledge within the network. 


Keywords: knowledge management, ontology, mapping, merging, integration


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Antonios Livieratos

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Mobile Knowledge Tool‑kit to Create a Paradigm Shift in Higher Education  pp255‑260

Nader Nada, Mohamed Kholief, Shehab Tawfik, Noha Metwally

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Dynamic Knowledge Management Toolkit  pp261‑266

Nader Nada, Mohamed Kholief, Mahmoud. Ghanem, W. Bakry

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Questioning the Positive Effect of External Knowledge Transfer Incurred by Industry Attractiveness: the Case of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)  pp267‑276

Evangelia Siachou, Anthony Ioannidis

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Assessing the Drivers of Virtual Knowledge Management Impact in European Firms' Performance: an Exploratory Analysis  pp277‑286

Flavio Tiago, Maria Teresa Borges Tiago, João Pedro Couto

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The Role of Knowledge Flow in the Thai GUIN Version of the Triple Helix Model  pp287‑296

Lugkana Worasinchai

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