Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 538–568

Knowledge management in semantic social networks



An object-oriented model of semantic social networks is proposed and formally analyzed. Methods for project, role, and team management based on the semantic model are defined and implemented in \(\mathfrak{n}\mathfrak{i}\mathbf{K}\mathfrak{l}\mathfrak{a}\mathfrak{s}\), a semantic wiki language based on frame logic developed by the author. The new approach to semantic social networks allows dynamic change of social network semantics and the establishment of the well known fishnet organization in a social network. In the end possible applications to knowledge management are presented.


Semantic social networks Role management Team management Project management Knowledge management Fishnet organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Organization and InformaticsUniversity of ZagrebVaraždinCroatia

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