Our experience with the practice of E-Collaboration suggests that knowledge processes play an essential, relevant role in it. This is in line with the considerations of other authors who claim that knowledge processes serve as the basis of any form of cooperation (Endress & Wehner, 1996; Vollmer & Wehner, 2007), that knowledge should be considered as one of the key elements of E-Collaboration (Kock, 2005) or that the construction of shared knowledge constitutes one of its key processes (Dillenbourg & Fischer, 2007).
Unfortunately we do not see knowledge mentioned in most definitions of E-Collaboration and are lacking models of E-Collaboration with adequate emphasis on knowledge processes. This is why within our team (IFeL Team E-Collaboration) we have developed this approach and have made it available as a chapter of a book released end of 2015 at IGI.
- Bettoni, M., Bittel, N., Bernhard W. & Mirata, V. (2016) eSF – An E-Collaboration System for Knowledge Workers. In: A. Kok & H. Lee (eds.) Cultural, Behavioral, and Social Considerations in Electronic Collaboration. Hershey (USA), IGI Global, Chapter 8, 157-172.
- The aim of our chapter is to contribute to a better understanding of E-Collaboration, especially its intimate connection with knowledge and knowledge processes. We begin by presenting a knowledge-oriented understanding of E-Collaboration and an architecture of an E-Collaboration system (people, processes and technology) based on that understanding; then we describe the eSF system (an implementation of this architecture within our team), our experiences with it and what we have learned about the success factors of E-Collaboration.
Dillenbourg, P. & Fischer, F. (2007). Basics of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. Zeitschrift für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik. 21, 111-130.
Endress, E., & Wehner, T. (Eds.). (1996). Zwischenbetriebliche Kooperation. Die Gestaltung von Lieferbedingungen. Weinheim: Psychologie Verlags Union.
Kock, N. (2005). What is E-Collaboration? International Journal of e-Collaboration, 1(1), i–vii.
Vollmer, A., & Wehner, T. (2007). Innovation und wissensorientierte Kooperation. Profile, 13, 31–36.