Investigation Problem-Solving in Virtual Spaces: The Knowledge Network of Experts

온라인 공간에서의 문제해결: 전문가 지식 네트워크에 관한 사례연구

  • 고준 (전남대학교 경영대학 경영학부) ;
  • 전성일 (전남대학교 경영대학 경영학부)
  • Received : 2005.05.23
  • Accepted : 2005.10.31
  • Published : 2005.12.01


Owing to the limits of IT System-driven knowledge management(KM) for innovation processes, alternative KM methods has been suggested such as: (1) the knowledge network of experts or (2) communities-of-practice. This study analyzes two cases in terms of on-line expert knowledge networks for problem-solving, with the dimensions of analysis based on a theoretical framework. By analyzing the cases of S company's expert network and Naver's Ji-sik-iN, we found that system quality(e.g., ease of use, accessibility, and searching function), information/knowledge quality(e.g., usefulness, accuracy, and timeliness), knowledge-sharing culture, social capital and relevant reward systems are important for stimulating a Q&A-based problem-solving knowledge network. Implications of the findings and future research directions are discussed.