An architecture based collaborative innovation network: Exploring the possibilities through a knowledge perspective

Niels Henrik Landegent Peterslund

Student thesis: Master thesis


In this thesis, I look into how Collaborative Innovative Networks (COINs) could mobilize the architect's knowledge assets. COINs are Web-based collaborating network based on peer production, e.g. like Wikipedia. The theoretical framework of the thesis is based on the Knowledge Management theorist Max Boisot's information space. I used it to analyse the architect's ontology in a knowledge perspective. Through an exploratory inquiry of the architect's creative process, my two main objective has been to identity whether the architect can share his/her knowledge in a COIN and also to explore the architect's incentive to share knowledge. I found that the architect's knowledge assets are dominantly tacit and difficult to articulate. As a cost-saving tool the architect uses informal artefacts (e.g. sketches, models etc.) to exchange knowledge with colleagues. These informal artefacts represents fragments of the architect's knowledge assets. In terms of the architect's incentive to share knowledge, I classified an artistic architect and a practical architect. In relation to the incentive to engage in a COIN, I argued that it was the practical architect that had the biggest incentive. However, due to the tacitness of the architect's knowledge assets, I argued that an architecture based COIN is not without challenges. In order to deal with these challenges, physical meetings with key participants of the COIN could be an option and would help create mutual trust and better collaboration.

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2010
Number of pages84