On January 5, 2018 Dr. Giorgi Shuradze presented a paper, titled “Data Analytics and Knowledge Integration Mechanisms: The Role of Social Interactions in Innovation Management” (co-authored with Prof. Heinz-Theo Wagner from GGS) at the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS). The paper received the best paper award by the Knowledge Innovation and Entrepreneurial Systems track (co-chairs: Murray Jennex from San Diego State University, and David T. Croasdell from University of Nevada).
The awarded paper went through a thorough selection process by the commission of the awarding track. Overall, based on the double blind review process the track accepted 39 papers to be presented at the conference, of which four papers were nominated for the best paper award.
In the paper the authors view a firm, as a distributed knowledge system and argue the importance of coordinating the knowledge flows from the data analytics teams (knowledge provider) to marketing teams (knowledge seeker). The paper has its theoretical roots in social capital literature and proposes interpersonal social relationships developed among the members of these teams as a knowledge integration mechanism between the two units. The paper looks at the impact of these relationships at the innovative performance of a firm.
Since 1968, the HICSS has been known worldwide as the longest-standing working scientific conferences in Information Technology Management. HICSS provides a highly interactive working environment for top scholars from academia and the industry from over 60 countries to exchange ideas in various areas of information, computer, and system sciences. This year the conference accepted 586 papers for presentation as well as 32 symposia, workshops, and tutorials.