Organising competitive intelligence activities in a corporate organisation

Anneli Pirttilä (Licentiate of Technology, Information Specialist, UPM‐Kymmene Oy, Kaukas Information Service, 53200 Lappeenranta, Finland)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Publication date: 1 April 1998


This study discusses the problems of organising competitive intelligence activities in a corporate organisation. Traditionally in many large corporations the collection, interpretation and analysis of competitive information has been assigned to a specialised intelligence or competitor analysis unit in order to exploit the synergy created by centralisation. This organising mechanism has, however, serious shortcomings that are considered in this study. It is debated that this centralised and systematic approach to managing and exploiting competitive information ignores the actual ways that managers and other knowledge workers utilise information resources in their work processes. An empirical study was made in a multinationally operating Finnish forest industry company in order to examine, what kind of competitive information managers and other knowledge workers need in their work processes, what were the most valuable information sources and how this information was actually utilised and communicated inside the corporation. The results of this empirical study are discussed. Some guidelines are provided to improve the process of coordinating and combining both systematically and unsystematically collected competitive information into a coherent organisational mechanism.


Pirttilä, A. (1998), "Organising competitive intelligence activities in a corporate organisation", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 50 No. 4, pp. 79-84.

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