Analyzing Wiki-based Networks to Improve Knowledge Processes in Organizations

Claudia Müller, Benedikt Meuthrath, Anne Baumgraß

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftForschungBegutachtung


Increasingly wikis are used to support existing corporate knowledge exchange
processes. They are an appropriate software solution to support knowledge processes.
However, it is not yet proven whether wikis are an adequate knowledge management tool or
not. This paper presents a new approach to analyze existing knowledge exchange processes in
wikis based on network analysis. Because of their dynamic characteristics four perspectives on
wiki networks are introduced to investigate the interrelationships between people, information,
and events in a wiki information space. As an analysis method the Social Network Analysis
(SNA) is applied to uncover existing structures and temporal changes. A scenario data set of an
analysis conducted with a corporate wiki is presented. The outcomes of this analysis were
utilized to improve the existing corporate knowledge processes.
Seiten (von - bis)526 - 545
FachzeitschriftJournal of Universal Computer Science
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2008

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