From: Peter Jones (ppj@concept67.fsnet.co.uk)
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 12:39:41 PDT

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    In my wanderings I found this short paper (and found it to be a good read)


    "Businesses such as law firms have recently made large investments in
    information and communication technology. Eurojuris is a network of law
    offices in Europe, covering 650 different cities/locations in 19 countries
    with a total of 3000 lawyers. In Eurojuris Norway, there are 11 law firms
    with 90 lawyers. The Eurojuris law firms have invested in information and
    communication technology facilitating inter-organisational knowledge
    management. This research investigated benefits perceived from use of the
    network among Eurojuris law firms in Norway. Benefit concepts were derived
    from value activities, knowledge categories and knowledge levels. A survey
    was conducted, and survey results indicate that benefits are perceived by
    lawyers in problem-solving, choice, control and evaluation when they get
    access to knowledge at an advanced level. There were significant differences
    in benefits perceived. For example, benefits perceived from access to
    declarative knowledge were significantly greater than benefits perceived
    from access to administrative, procedural and analytical knowledge."

    Even though the results are somewhat marred by the lack of size of the
    sample for statistical purposes, there is some interesting thinking going on
    here. Assuming the small sample size can be inductively generalized to a
    wider sphere with any legitimacy, then the following is intriguing:

    "The third proposition argued that benefits from information and
    communication technology facilitating inter-organizational knowledge
    networks will be greater at higher levels of knowledge. From Table 5 we see
    that there are significantly more benefits associated with advanced
    knowledge than with core knowledge, thereby providing support for more
    benefits at higher knowledge levels when moving from core to advanced
    knowledge. However, when moving from advanced knowledge to innovative
    knowledge there are no more benefits. Hence, the third proposition is only
    partly supported in the collected data. In fact, the collected data indicate
    that advanced knowledge is the best knowledge level for IT support as
    advanced knowledge is significantly higher than both core and innovative
    knowledge in Table 5."


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