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RE: [cp] Call for Papers on Economics of Communities of Practice

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  • Leon Benjamin
    Edward, BTW - TCT seems to have morphed into Netcentricity - See. http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/netcentricity/
    Message 1 of 8 , Aug 9, 2002
    • Edward Swanstrom
      Leon, I read and really like James Rothschild s Bionomics. I like how he reviewed the econometric treatment of organizational learning. Good book for
      Message 2 of 8 , Aug 9, 2002
        Leon,

        I read and really like James Rothschild's "Bionomics." I like how he
        reviewed the econometric treatment of organizational learning. Good book
        for beginners to evolutionary economics and making the connection
        between economics and the role of knowledge.

        Thanks for the references.


        Edward Swanstrom

        -----Original Message-----
        From: Leon Benjamin [mailto:lb@...]
        Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 2:32 PM
        To: com-prac@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: RE: [cp] Call for Papers on Economics of Communities of
        Practice


        Edward,

        Ditto. You could really get me going as well. My particular interest
        in all this is the means by which we incentivise people and how this
        affects their collaborative behaviour. One early, quite seminal MIT
        study was that of PWC's global adoption of Lotus Notes GroupWare in the
        early 90's. One of its key conclusions (a 1992 report):

        "Further, in competitive and individualistic organizational
        cultures--where there are few incentives or norms for cooperating or
        sharing expertise--groupware on its own is unlikely to engender
        collaboration. Such products will be interpreted as counter-cultural,
        and to the extent that they are used they will promote individual not
        group aims. Recognizing the significant influence of these
        organizational elements appears critical to both researchers and
        practitioners of groupware technologies."

        http://ccs.mit.edu/papers/ccswp134.html

        It goes on to say that Groupware was only really exploited at partner
        level where there is no "up or out" issue.

        You may also find some interesting content at www.bionomics.org, again
        very early work from James Rothschild, from which, I believe, James
        Moore's "Death of Competition" (TCT and the nature of the firm) and
        later Don Tapscott's business webs, "Digital Capital" are derived.

        Have a good one.

        Leon.
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