I-KNOW: 3rd International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-KNOW '03) - July 2-4 2003 - Graz, Graz 2003.

YEAR: 2003
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LABEL: Knowledge Management | Visualization
PEOPLE: Maurer, Hermann
TIME: 2003
COP - Communities of Practice
                  I-KNOW '03 CONFERENCE WORKSHOP:

     (Virtual) Communities of Practice within Modern Organizations

                    July 2nd 2003 in Graz, Austria

Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt                    Prof. Dr. Jorg M. Haake
Know-Center, Graz, Austria              FernUniversitat Hagen, Germany
slind@know-center.at                      joerg.haake@fernuni-hagen.de   

(please refer to www.i-know.at/COP for a detailed description) 
Support for working and learning in changing organisations is an open issue. Two general approaches to this problem can be distinguished: the community approach versus the organisational approach.

Obviously, both approaches have their merits but also leave other questions unanswered. For example, COPs have perfected their way of communicating and sharing knowledge within the COP, but how can a person outside the COP communicate effectively with its members? Or how can one get an overview of the different things achieved in different COPs let alone coordinate the outcome? On the other hand, organizations with their central knowledge base are optimised to coordinate a variety of groups and people, to inform them about organizational rules, etc. but where is the expert knowledge in this concept represented? Who cares about keeping competences up to date and informing others about their findings?

How can these two approaches be combined to the benefit of a modern organization comprised of a variety of partly overlapping (virtual) COPs? What can we learn from traditional communities of practice and how can we embody this in a supportive technology so that distributed people working with each other will be able to enjoy a similarly informationally and socially rich working environment? And how can we combine the knowledge spaces of individual COPs in an intelligent way to enable an organization to keep an overview and coordinate the work?

The goals of this workshop are (1) to examine the tradeoffs between the community perspective and the organizational perspective and (2) to develop new ideas on how they can be combined for the benefit of modern organizations.

This workshop is intended to be very discussion oriented. For this purpose we will employ panel discussions as well as group work. Based on their submitted papers participants will present their work in this context and will position it in the spectrum of community oriented to organization oriented approaches. The pros and cons of each approach will be identified, and novel ideas on how the merits of both can be brought together will be discussed.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
* Learning organizations and knowledge management
* Common knowledge structures and the vocabulary problem
* Organizational memories
* Collaboration and information exchange
* Cooperative work processes
* Seamless integration of knowledge management processes into work processes
* Context-sensitive, personalized knowledge environments
* Natural integration of working and learning
* Minimization of the effort of knowledge documentation

The topics mentioned above address researchers and developers as well as practitioners and providers in the fields of knowledge management, computer supported cooperative working and learning, business process improvement, etc. We aim for a fruitful exchange of ideas and experiences between research and practice.

The workshop will be held in English.

The selection of the participants is based upon submitted papers of the following structure:
In addition to a 6 page paper describing your work, please submit one separate page containing the following information: 
* Author, Research Group, Title of your paper
* Where on the spectrum between community-oriented and organization-oriented do you position your work? Please give reasons.  
* Which specific aspects of knowledge management are you addressing?
* Which other aspects do you find crucial for your concept to work within an organizational context? Which prerequisites need to be fulfilled?

Submissions should not exceed 6 pages. Please follow the style guidelines as described at http://www.jucs.org/jucs_submit/style_guide.html. File type: Word for Windows, PDF, Postscript.

Please submit your contribution by e-mail attachment to: COP@know-center.at
If you have problems submitting your paper, please contact our conference secretary Ingrid Fuchs at iknow03@know-center.at  or one of the workshop organizers.

January 27, 2003   Full paper (6 pages) via e-mail to COP@know-center.at
March 17, 2003     Notification of acceptance
April 28, 2003     Camera ready paper (6 pages)

Accepted papers will be published within the J.UCS conference proceedings of the I-Know '03 Conference. In addition, active workshop attendees have the possibility to publish an extended version of their paper (up to 20 pages) in a special issue of J.UCS to appear after the conference.

The result of the workshop will be made available at www.i-know.at/COP   

Not yet closed:
* M. Bonifacio, University of Trento and IRST, Italy
* M. Hoffmann, University of Dortmund, Germany
* K. Nakakoji, University of Tokyo, Japan
* J. Ostwald, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
* W. Prinz, Frauenhofer-Institut fur Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT, Bonn, Germany
* Rainer Telesko, Robert Bosch GmbH, Deutschland
* V. Wulf, Frauenhofer-Institut fur Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT and IISI, Bonn, Germany

Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt
Division Manager
Knowledge Management & Organizational Memories
Know-Center, Inffeldgasse 16c, A-8010 Graz, Austria
email: slind@know-center.at     tel: +43 316 873 5605       fax: +43 316 873 5688

The Call for Papers for the International Conference on Knowledge Management
IKNOW '03 is now available at www.i-know.at
Also note the Workshop on Communities of Practice COP '03