[unrev-II] Computer Networks and Law Practice

From: Peter Jones (ppj@concept67.fsnet.co.uk)
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 06:44:57 PDT

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    From: "Peter Jones" <ppj@concept67.fsnet.co.uk>
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    > In my wanderings I found this short paper (and found it to be a good read)
    > http://elj.warwick.ac.uk/jilt/01-2/gottschalk.html
    > Abstract
    > "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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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
    > 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."
    > Cheers,
    > Peter
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