Title: Collective intelligence-based resource allocation to optimise knowledge and innovation harnessing in corporate environments

Authors: Ioanna Lykourentzou; Dimitrios J. Vergados; Amedeo Napoli

Addresses: Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), 615 rue du Jardin Botanique, 54600 Villers-lès-Nancy, France; Centre de Recherche Public Henri Tudor, 29, Avenue John F. Kennedy L-1855 Luxembourg-Kirchberg, Luxembourg. ' School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zographou Campus, 15773 Athens, Greece; Informatics and Computer Technology Department, Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia, P.O. Box 30, Fourka Area, 52100 Kastoria, Greece. ' Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), 615 rue du Jardin Botanique, 54600 Villers-lès-Nancy, France

Abstract: A typical problem that large enterprises face is how to effectively harness the intangible knowledge, expertise, skills and lessons learnt of their staff members. Intangible knowledge harnessing and its codification into usable document formats are vital for the enterprise since they directly affect its ability to innovate and solve complex new problems. However, the identification of the individuals whose contribution can solve each knowledge-demanding problem may be difficult. In this paper, we propose a novel mechanism that uses the collective intelligence of the corporate crowd to identify the tacit knowledge competencies of each employee and coordinate their contributions, inside a wiki-like system, so that each individual may contribute in the most efficient way. Experimental results show that, compared to the fully self-coordinated pattern used by current collaborative knowledge harnessing approaches, the proposed mechanism can help the corporate community allocate its intangible skill resources more efficiently, and thus produce more qualitative knowledge in a timelier manner.

Keywords: collective intelligence; community coordination; resource allocation; corporate tacit knowledge; intangible knowledge; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJODE.2012.047573

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering, 2012 Vol.2 No.2, pp.167 - 188

Available online: 25 Jun 2012 *

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