Title: Tool-supported continuous business process innovation: a case study in globally distributed software teams

Authors: Alberto Heredia; Ricardo Colomo-Palacios; Pedro Soto-Acosta

Addresses: Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital (UTAD), Complejo Europa Empresarial, 28290 Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain ' Faculty of Computer Sciences, Østfold University College, BRA Veien 4, 1783 Halden, Norway ' Department of Management & Finance, University of Murcia, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain

Abstract: During the production of software, individuals acquire tacit knowledge that can be useful to improve business processes. Even though people are geographically dispersed, social software supports the creation of knowledge clusters and provides additional channels to share knowledge for business process improvement. This paper describes a successful case study in which useful tacit knowledge is captured from a knowledge cluster with the aim of innovating services provided by a consultancy organisation. To this end, a knowledge-management-based framework helps to capture useful tacit knowledge, from individuals in different locations by using two social software tools during the production of software. Findings reveal that the use of this framework empowers the continuous innovation of business processes, thus allowing consultancy organisations to provide high-quality solutions. Moreover, the framework allows newcomers to receive support from other colleagues and also mitigates the knowledge loss produced owing to the high rotation of personnel in such organisations.

Keywords: continuous innovation; business processes; tacit knowledge; social software; global software development; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2017.10006505

European Journal of International Management, 2017 Vol.11 No.4, pp.388 - 406

Received: 16 Mar 2016
Accepted: 06 Jul 2016

Published online: 31 Jul 2017 *

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