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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 1 / Jan 2010  pp1‑180

Editor: Ettore Bolisani, Enrico Scarso

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Linking Unlearning with Innovation through Organizational Memory and Technology  pp1‑10

Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro

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Virtual Communities of Practice: Investigating Motivations and Constraints in the Processes of Knowledge Creation and Transfer  pp11‑20

Ana Maria Ramalho Correia

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Organizing Customer Knowledge in Academic Libraries  pp21‑32

Farhad Daneshgar, Lyn Bosanquet

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The Adoption of Knowledge Management Systems in Small Firms  pp33‑42

Pietro Evangelista

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Wikifailure: the Limitations of Technology for Knowledge Sharing  pp43‑52

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Robert Ayres

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Abstract

Currently there is much interest in the use of Web 2.0 technologies to support knowledge sharing in organisations. Many successful projects have been reported. These reports emphasise how the use of such technology has unlocked new pathways for knowledge transfer. However, the limitations of Web 2.0 technologies are not yet well understood and potential difficulties may have been overlooked. This paper reports a case study of a Wiki which was implemented to support a group of researchers. Although belonging to the same institution, the group members were relatively dispersed and their research areas were disparate. Nevertheless a short study showed that there were benefits to be gained from sharing knowledge and that many of the researchers felt that a Wiki would be a good mechanism to support this. A Wiki was implemented and was initially very successful. A significant number of researchers contributed to the Wiki and almost all made use of it. However the usage declined over time and attempts to stimulate interest by providing incentives for contributions were unsuccessful. One year after launch use was minimal. A qualitative study was carried out to understand the reasons for this decline in use, and is reported in this paper. Responses suggest that two factors may have been particularly significant in explaining the failure of the system. One problem appears to have been a lack of critical mass. Only a small proportion of users are likely to contribute and there may be a threshold size for a community to be able to support a vibrant Wiki. Time also seems to have been an issue. Some respondents said that they simply were too busy to contribute to or use the system. Organisations which are considering the use of Web 2.0 technologies to support a knowledge management initiative should consider the likely impact of these factors in their own situation. Although technologies such as Wiki have great potential there are also pitfalls in undertaking such projects which are not yet well understood. 

 

Keywords: Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Wiki, knowledge sharing, knowledge management, collaborative technologies

 

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Limitations of Network Analysis for Studying Efficiency and Effectiveness of Knowledge Sharing  pp53‑68

Remko Helms, Renato Ignacio, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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Exploring Knowledge Work Practices and Evolution in Distributed Networks of Practice  pp69‑78

Eli Hustad

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Knowledge Management Success Factors — Proposal of an Empirical Research  pp79‑90

Franz Lehner, Nicolas Haas

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A Framework for Assessing Commensurability of Semantic Web Ontologies  pp91‑102

Liam Magee

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Assessing the Impact of KM on Organisational Practice: Applying the MeCTIP Model to UK Organisations  pp103‑118

Sandra Moffett, Anne Hinds

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Functional Concept for a Web‑Based Knowledge Impact and IC Reporting Portal  pp119‑128

Gaby Neumann, Eduardo Tomé

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Evaluating a Living Model of Knowledge  pp129‑138

Paul Parboteeah, Thomas Jackson, Gillian Ragsdell

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People, Technology, Processes and Risk Knowledge Sharing  pp139‑150

Eduardo Rodriguez, John Edwards

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Knowledge‑Based Strategies for Knowledge Intensive Business Services: a Multiple Case‑study of Computer Service Companies  pp151‑160

Enrico Scarso, Ettore Bolisani

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Measuring the Effects of Knowledge Management Practices  pp161‑170

Geoff Turner, Clemente Minonne

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The Role of Multinational Corporations (MNC's) in Developing R&D in Thailand: the Knowledge Flow Between MNC's and University  pp171‑180

Lugkana Worasinchai, Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen Bechina

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