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Organizational patterns for knowledge capture in B2B engagements
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this research is to present a means of knowledge capture in form of patterns that are solutions to reoccurring problems for business-to-business (B2B) organizations. Using empirical data, we examine the processes involved in the B2B engagement and capture valuable solutions as best practices. The collection of patterns forms a pattern language for B2B engagements that addresses operational, communication and collaboration areas of the B2B environment.

The thesis is organized into three parts. Part I presents an overview of the work tying Part II and Part III. It contains problem, research objective, research process, contribution, result, publications, and thesis structure. Part II presents the first set of patterns developed. Part III builds up on the work in Part II by taking an in-depth study using more organizations to expound on the pattern language. Patterns developed in this thesis essentially are best practices in the B2B domain. Natural language is used to present the knowledge embedded in the patterns, i.e. solutions and suggestions that give advice on how the pattern is to be applied in a real case scenario. In some cases, this knowledge constitutes an organizational design proposal serving as a suggestion or inspiration for design B2B engagements in organizations. Citations are used in the motivation field of pattern to emphasize the reason for using industry practices and experience. The pattern validation process is performed after pattern development, and it showed the external consistency of the knowledge embedded in the developed patterns. The research result shows that organizations appreciate and are willing to participate in capturing best practices in the form of organizational patterns. These patterns are seen as generic and abstract organizational designs that can be adapted and reused in practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University , 2010. , 226 p.
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 10-005
National Category
Information Science
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38631ISBN: 978-91-7447-076-5OAI: diva2:311634
Public defence
2010-05-26, sal C, Forum 100, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2010-05-04 Created: 2010-04-22 Last updated: 2010-04-23Bibliographically approved

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