The innovation capability of SMEs…

How can people, IT tools, structure, culture, and power be connected in order to leverage collective abilities for applying available knowledge to solve problems and search for opportunities (organizational intelligence), accommodating new experience (organizational learning), and producing new ideas and things (organizational creativity) so that the group of organizational members can effectively contribute to the organizational well-being? You could answer some questions like these visiting the KMOWL web site. (

KMOWL is a Special Interest Group in Knowledge Management that carries out interdisciplinary Research and Development projects as well as Education projects, with the aim of developing systematic and comprehensive approaches to the organizational process of knowledge management. These approaches are to built upon the theoretical and methodological tools developed in scientific fields such as sociology, psychology, management, cognitive scieces, neuroscience and information systems.

That’s right that open innovation refers to the ability of firms to open themselves up to external networks and relationships in order to gain the full potential of their investments in innovation. How creating an open innovation action system and managing innovative projects… maybe the answef for this question is an open innovation business ecosystem…

In this context, prof. PhD Isabel Ramos is cordinating and improving a research crowdsourcing innovation group, that aims to promote the innovation capability of SMEs and economic value of knowledge and creativity of high qualified individuals and small research teams. That´s a open innovation business ecosystem!

A business ecosystem is an economic community crossing many industries working together (cooperatively) and competitively in production, innovative customer service and innovation process.
But we know that crowdsourcing innovation need to be tailored and controlled in all steps.and we think that since platforms are repositories of knowledge, potential contributors need access to build their own business model and value proposition.
Hakikur ( is a pos-PhD researched advised by prof Isabel Ramos that is research about knowledge management and innovation for SMEs.
also advised by Prof Isabel, Cândida Elisa a PhD Student is researching about knowledge repositories for crowdsourcing innovation (
“A knowledge repository is a system that supports all kind of data, from a variety of heterogeneous sources, such as structured data […] The main functions of a knowledge repository are the capture, storage, maintenance and retrieval of knowledge from all the available sources. These functions must include both the capabilities for assimilating knowledge from outside (such as competitive intelligence systems acquiring information about other companies in the same industry) and capabilities for creating new knowledge from the reinterpretation and reformulation of existing and newly acquired information”. (Cândida Elisa, 2008) .

In this era, generically known as the information age, there is a dramatically need for changing the way companies access information. The Web 2.0 collaborative society, supporting new ways of accessing, exchanging and promoting information, may transform its workers, the knowledge workers, in the basis of a sustainable platform organizations may use to get competitive advantages and innovate. We believe that the management of organizational memory, sustained in its three forms of intellectual capital is, therefore, essential and, up to the moment, difficult to achieve, as no significant and practical results were produced to improve it. Luis Pestana Mourão, another PhD Student ( advised by Prof. Isabel Ramos is improving a research project that aims to develop a systemic approach to allow the diagnose and intervention in organizational memory, seen as a dynamic system, gathering all its components into a useful model capable to provide the knowledge about the distributed capacity an organization has to capture and mobilize knowledge serving as the base to the development of a diagnostic and intervention model in organizational memory, as well as the construction of a prototype to support the monitoring of organizational memory evolution.

•What are the risks associated with crowdsourcing innovation brokering, both internal to an organization or externally available by brokering businesses? What should be risk management model for crowdsourcing innovation? What kind of information system should be defined to effectively support the management of risks associated with crowdsourcing innovation?
My own PhD research( is focused on producing a methodology to manage risks associated with crowdsourcing innovation, delivered by internal or external brokers, and on defining the functional and informational requirements of an information system to support risk management to empower managers preventing and / or mitigating the materialization of risks in innovation brokering services specialized in the innovation needs of technology based firms.

best regards,
Lieda Amaral

Business meeting minutes, Perth, Australia, 1 April 2010

IFIP WG 8.2 Business meeting minutes, Perth, Australia
1 April 2010

Chair Nancy Russo (US) called the meeting to order at 9:40 AM.

1. Nancy announced that Eileen Trauth (US) was awarded the Silver Core award.

2. Nancy mentioned that the previous working conference was held in Guimaraes, Portugal and an Oasis workshop was held in Phoenix at ICIS. Abstracts are available in the Sprouts working paper repository.

Designing scholarly communications--A discussion paper for the Perth Working Conference on Human Benefit through the Diffusion of IS Design Science Research

The attached paper (available to logged in users) presents suggestions for the design of a scholarly communications system for the IFIP Working Group 8.2 (WG8.2) community. Learned societies such as IFIP have long been important in the system of scholarly communications. With the affordances of the Internet, WG8.2 can play a larger role in promoting scholarly communications to achieve multiple goals: dissemination and archiving of quality research, but also supporting the development of scholars and the research community.

IFIP December Newsletter

The IFIP December 2009 newsletter is now available at The cover article is about WITFOR 2009, "ICT for Sustainable Development".

Extended Early Bird Registration & Call forParticipation, IFIP 8.2+8.6 Perth 2010

Dear all,

The conference organisers have extended early bird registration for the IFIP 8.2+8.6 Working Conference in Perth Western Australia until 31 January.

Further information is available on the conference website at

Also, please consider passing this on to your PhD students, as we are offering very good rates for students.

Best regards,
John Venable, Program and Local Arrangements Co-Chair
IFIP 8.2+8.6 Perth 2010

Calls for other IFIP conferences

IFIP has many other working groups that sponsor conferences that may be of interest to 8.2 members. Calls for IFIP conferences can be found at

Business meeting minutes, Portland, OR, USA, 31 July 2007

Business meeting minutes, Phoenix, AZ, USA, 15 December, 2009

IFIP WG 8.2 Business Meeting
Phoenix, AZ 15 Dec 2009

The meeting was called to order at 4pm by the Working Group Chair, Nancy Russo (US)

  1. Sue Conger, AIS VP for SIGs, Chapters and Affiliated Organizations, welcomed the group and encouraged people to continue their involvement with the Working Group and with AIS.
  2. Nancy Russo briefed the group on the outcomes of the recent TC8 meeting.

OASIS 2009 schedule and proceedings available

The schedule and proceedings for OASIS 2009 are now available at

OASIS 2009 registration

We've learned that the AIS registration system has a technical glitch that is showing the OASIS workshop as full, and participants are not currently able to register for the workshop as a result. AIS is working on solving this problem, but rest assured that the workshop is not full and we welcome your participation in Phoenix next month! An announcement will be posted on this site when workshop registration becomes available and we expect to be able to take late registrations at the door, although pre-registration is preferred.

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