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Journal Issue
Volume 7 Issue 5 / Dec 2009  pp535‑662

Editor: Kimiz Dalkir

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Design of Sustainable Development: Intellectual Value of Large BRIC Companies and Factors of their Growth  pp535‑558

Elvina Bayburina, Tatiana Golovko

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Intellectual Capital in Tech Industries: a Longitudinal Study  pp559‑566

Scott Erickson, Helen Rothberg

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What is the Value of Knowledge Management Practices?  pp567‑574

Fahmi Ibrahim, Vivien Reid

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Intellectual Capital Disclosures: the Search for a new Paradigm in Financial Reporting by the Knowledge Sector of Indian Economy  pp575‑582

Mahesh Joshi, Dharminder Singh Ubha

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Evaluating Knowledge Management Performance  pp583‑592

Clemente Minonneand Geoff Turner

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Knowledge Management Implementation: a Process Design Proposition at Brazil's ONS (National Operator of the Interconnected Power System)  pp593‑604

Rivadávia Correa Drummond de Alvarenga Neto, Renato Rocha Souza, Jairo Gomes Queiroz, Hermes Chipp

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Let's Learn Unlearning: How Top Managers Conceive and Implement Knowledge Active Forgetting  pp605‑614

Mehdi Bagherzadeh Niri, Mohammad Hosein Rezazade Mehrizi

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Perceptions on Complexity of Decisions Involved in Choosing Intellectual Capital Assessment Methods  pp615‑626

Agnieta Pretorius, Petrie Coetzee

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Knowledge Management Discipline: Test for an Undergraduate Program in Turkey  pp627‑636

Mustafa Sagsan

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An Experimental Comparison of 3D Virtual Environments and Text Chat as Collaboration Tools  pp637‑646

Andreas Schmeil, Martin Eppler, Mattia Gubler

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Abstract

A key prerequisite for effective team collaboration concerns the team members' knowledge about their different backgrounds, skills and experiences. While face‑to‑face interaction provides multiple opportunities for learning about these vital personal elements informally, a computer‑mediated communication setting may make knowledge sharing about team members and their specific backgrounds more difficult. This knowledge sharing, however, may be crucial and should thus be supported also in remote settings. In this paper, we present the design and results of a controlled experiment in which participants needed to share information and make decisions with team members online, in a simulated project kick‑off meeting. Five experimental groups collaborated in a three‑dimensional Virtual Environment (3D CVE), five control groups in text chat sessions. Opposing these two media, we were able to extrapolate the essential characteristics of 3D CVE. The experiment yields first results proving improved retention when collaborating with avatars in 3D environments and provides insights about the value of this media as a collaboration tool. 

 

Keywords: avatars, virtual environments, experiment, group interaction, decision-making

 

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Activities and Outputs of a Clinical Faculty: an Intellectual Capital Concept Map  pp647‑662

Belinda Wilkinson, Clare Beghtol, Dante Morra

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