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SoN-KInG: a digital eco-system for innovation in professional and business domains

Patrizia Grifoni (Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy)
Fernando Ferri (Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy)
Alessia D'Andrea (Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy)
Tiziana Guzzo (Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy)
Caterina Praticò (Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS), National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy)

Journal of Systems and Information Technology

ISSN: 1328-7265

Article publication date: 4 March 2014

Abstract

Purpose

An open question in the advanced economies, and in the current crisis even more, is to widely improve knowledge sharing as a driver of innovation and creativity processes. The need of addressing knowledge, creativity and innovation is co-generating new knowledge sharing tools, attempting to create new network linkages among professionals (such as engineers, researchers, professors, architects, creative designers, etc.), among financial/business companies and, between professionals and financial/business companies. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve this goal, during the Knowledge Intelligence and Innovation for a sustainable Growth (KnowInG) project (2010-2013), the Social Network KnowInG (SoN-KInG) model and framework consisting in a digital eco-system were created. The benefits and the potentialities of the SoN-KInG as knowledge sharing tool both for professionals and businesses are discussed in the paper.

Findings

SoN-KInG unifies the innovative aspects provided by three different social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) both, in professional and business domains, giving a holistic tool for knowledge sharing and knowledge management for online communities of interest.

Originality/value

SoN-KInG provides an original model based on a holistic vision of social networking in the innovation and business domain and a framework, which consists in a web platform functioning as a hub of communities of interest where each member can converge creating new communities and also embedding communities where s/he is already involved in.

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Citation

Grifoni, P., Ferri, F., D'Andrea, A., Guzzo, T. and Praticò, C. (2014), "SoN-KInG: a digital eco-system for innovation in professional and business domains", Journal of Systems and Information Technology, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 77-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSIT-09-2013-0044

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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