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Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

By Thomas Klauß


Abstract—In networks, mainly small and medium-sized businesses benefit from the knowledge, experiences and solutions offered by experts from industry and science or from the exchange with practitioners. Associations which focus, among other things, on networking, information and knowledge transfer and which are interested in supporting such cooperations are especially well suited to provide such networks and the appropriate web platforms. Using METORA as an example – a project developed and run by the Federal Association for Information Economy, Telecommunications and New Media e.V. (BITKOM) for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) – This paper will discuss how associations and other network organizations can achieve this task and what conditions they have to consider. Keywords—Associations, collaboration, communities, crossdepartmental organizations, semantic web, web 2.0. I. BACKGROUND A. Knowledge Management in Networks N an extremely specialized and globalized economy with I increasingly shorter innovation cycles and a demand for more and more complex solutions small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly forced to network with business and cooperation partners to compete successfully. Large businesses depend on cooperations with small, flexible companies to be able to adapt faster to changing trends of the market. The businesses ’ tendency to focus on their core competencies and an increasingly high turnover of employees as know-how experts accelerates the need to cooperate with external key personnel in general [1,12]

Year: 2011
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