Socio-ethical issues for expertise location from electronic mail
by Sharman Lichtenstein, Sara Tedmori, Thomas Jackson
International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (IJKL), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2008

Abstract: Knowledge workers frequently lack sufficient expertise to perform work effectively. This paper describes a recently developed expertise locator system based on automated key-phrase identification of experts from electronic mail (e-mail) messages. The paper provides an analysis of the key socio-ethical challenges involved in the implementation and use of the e-mail expertise locator system. Findings include a set of complex socio-ethical challenges, and their managerial and theoretical implications are discussed. The paper highlights possible sensitivities of employees with respect to their potential identification by the system as domain experts. It also highlights the potential for employee misuse of e-mail expertise locator systems, which must be carefully managed to reduce the risks involved.

Online publication date: Sun, 27-Jul-2008

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