Title: Deriving an ontology for knowledge management in collaborative innovation networks

Authors: Luís Cláudio S. Barradas; Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues; João José Pinto Ferreira

Addresses: DIMQ, Escola Superior de Gestão e Tecnologia, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém, Complexo Andaluz, Apartado 295, 2001-904 Santarém, Portugal ' DEI, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal ' INESC Porto, DEIG, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

Abstract: Innovation and knowledge creation are tightly related concepts. Collaborative innovation networks (COINs) are very productive ecosystems for knowledge generation. Acknowledging their relevance for innovation, we propose a novel ontology for knowledge management (KM) in COINs, which builds on COINs related literature and is partially derived from topic-related and enterprise ontologies. The utility of the ontology is illustrated through an application case in a software house. The ontology can be applied in different cases involving KM in COINs, such as support the development of IT-based KM services for knowledge co-creation in COINs or, be used as an auditing tool in collaborative innovation processes.

Keywords: ontologies; user innovation; collaborative innovation; innovation networks; COINs; collaborative networks; knowledge networks; knowledge creation; knowledge management; collaborative learning; knowledge generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2016.075658

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2016 Vol.19 No.3, pp.335 - 357

Received: 06 Aug 2014
Accepted: 12 Dec 2014

Published online: 17 Feb 2016 *

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