Conceptualising User Strategies within Collaborative Learning

T. Parsons, T.W. Jackson, and R. Dawson (UK)

Keywords

Collaborative Learning, Knowledge Management Framework, Pharmaceutical Innovation

Abstract

Collaboration is dependent upon certain prerequisites which determine the extent of innovative behaviour within a commercial environment. The employee is faced with a bewildering array of potential information and knowledge sources, and the evolution of discussion based forums and groupware systems has added to this complexity. The paper seeks to examine the role a collaborative forum occupies within an R&D department of a large pharmaceutical company, using literature and case study derived evidence we construct a collaborative framework which addresses prominent issues relating to R&D innovation. The framework is intended as a preliminary guide to the areas of concern the practitioner should address, in order to offer a rounded collaborative solution to encourage innovation.

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