Towards a System Support of Collaborative Knowledge Work

  • Nicolas Mundbrod
  • Jens Kolb
  • Manfred Reichert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 132)


Knowledge work is becoming the predominant type of work in developed countries. Leveraging their expertise, skills, and experiences, knowledge workers daily deal with demanding situations. Therefore, they widely work autonomously, but usually collaborate in multiple contexts. Further, their work is influenced by dynamic factors like time constraints, costs, and available resources, and thereby it cannot be pre-specified like routine work. The lack of an appropriate context and process support, in turn, reduces their productivity and hinders the reuse as well as the continuous improvement of elaborated solutions. This paper structures collaborative knowledge work and presents its characteristics and dimensions. Moreover, we introduce a lifecycle methodology to support collaborative knowledge workers holistically.


knowledge work knowledge workers collaboration lifecycle support CSCW 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Mundbrod
    • 1
  • Jens Kolb
    • 1
  • Manfred Reichert
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Databases and Information SystemsUlm UniversityGermany

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