Social Knowledge Environments

  • Jan M. Pawlowski
  • Markus Bick
  • René Peinl
  • Stefan Thalmann
  • Ronald Maier
  • Lars Hetmank
  • Paul Kruse
  • Malte Martensen
  • Henri Pirkkalainen
Research Notes


Knowledge management represents a key issue for both information systems’ academics and practitioners, including those who have become disillusioned by actual results that fail to deliver on exaggerated promises and idealistic visions. Social software, a tremendous global success story, has prompted similarly high expectations regarding the ways in which organizations can improve their knowledge handling. But can these expectations be met, whether in academic research or the real world? This article seeks to identify current research trends and gaps, with a focus on social knowledge environments. The proposed research agenda features four focal challenges: semi-permeable organizations, social software in professional work settings, crowd knowledge, and cross-border knowledge management. Three solutions emerge as likely methods to address these challenges: design-oriented solutions, analytical solutions, and interdisciplinary dialogue.


Distributed team Global team Information system Knowledge management Organization Social networking Social software Tools 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan M. Pawlowski
    • 1
  • Markus Bick
    • 3
  • René Peinl
    • 6
  • Stefan Thalmann
    • 5
  • Ronald Maier
    • 5
  • Lars Hetmank
    • 4
  • Paul Kruse
    • 4
  • Malte Martensen
    • 3
  • Henri Pirkkalainen
    • 2
  1. 1.Ruhr West University of Applied SciencesMülheimGermany
  2. 2.University of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  3. 3.ESCP Europe Business School BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.TU DresdenDresdenGermany
  5. 5.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  6. 6.Hof University of Applied SciencesHofGermany

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