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General Information about our Case Studies

The case studies presented here give empirical illustrations on the adaptation of social network analysis for analytical purposes of organizational practice and aim at

  1. demonstrating use and application of social network analysis to identify, visualize, and analyze the informal personal networks that exist within and between organizations according to structure, content, and context of knowledge flows,
  2. exploring possibilities for interventions and follow-up activities based on the analysis to facilitate, foster, and support processes of knowledge communication.

All case studies were performed by the author and can be read in full text length in the book presented here (Chapter 5); Copyright: Tobias Müller-Prothmann; use and reprint only by written permission – for requests please contact the author using our contact form.

Case Study: Leveraging Organizational Expertise

Abstract: The case study has been undertaken in a research and service organization to examine its expertise within the domain of acquisition of EU fundings for research projects. This domain of knowledge was differentiated into five sub-domains that are important for success or failure of the acquisition of EU funding. This case study was undertaken as a small part of the project “Wachstum mit Wissen” (economic growth through knowledge), sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (Fraunhofer IPK), Berlin, in co-operation with the author at the Department of Information Science, Freie Universität Berlin. Names have been changed at the request of the company; selected visualizations have been simplified for presentation. Read more…