Title: Knowledge integration based on roadmapping and conceptual framework approach to ease innovation management

Authors: Nicolas Perry, Wilhelm Uys

Addresses: Research Institute on Communication and Cybernetic of Nantes, UMR CNRS 6597, Ecole Centrale Nantes, 1, rue de la Noe, 44321 Nantes, France. ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa

Abstract: Knowledge management and innovation management are logically linked. However, the alignment of their respective deployment mechanisms is still not obvious. An analysis of the Innovation and Knowledge Life Cycles shows that the Knowledge Life Cycle can be deployed (partially) at each step of the Innovation Life Cycle. This implies that different, specific knowledge management tools could be used to increase innovation. Two knowledge management tools are considered in this paper: roadmaps and conceptual frameworks. A methodology is proposed for using roadmaps and conceptual frameworks within the context of integrated knowledge networks for improving efficient innovation. These two approaches aim to ease the knowledge structuring and identification in order to facilitate innovation. Two knowledge management examples in the financial services highlight how these tools contribute to the increased efficiency of the innovation process, leading to a more mature innovation deployment.

Keywords: innovation management; knowledge integration; knowledge management; roadmapping; conceptual framework; knowledge life cycle; innovation life cycle; roadmaps; knowledge networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2010.031933

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2010 Vol.37 No.3/4, pp.165 - 181

Published online: 03 Mar 2010 *

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