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Knowledge Maturing for Organizational Development: A Workshop with IFIP


MATURE organized a joint workshop together with the IFIP AGORA initiative to explore the potential of applying the knowledge maturing model landscape to organizational development problems.
The International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) is a world wide acting umbrella organization to the National Societies of Computer Science. IFIP is associated to UNESCO and is also part of the Associated Partner Network of MATURE. IFIP’s president Leon Strous, who emphatically invited the representatives of the different technical committees of IFIP to participate in the workshop, stressed that there is a growing need for collaboration between the various IFIP groups and with international acting partners (international bodies and institutions, industry and business, key decision makers, member societies). In order to accommodate such collaboration, TC-3 of IFIP launched the AGORA initiative that aimed to implement a dynamic methodology for initiating cooperative projects for individual competence development in conjunction with Lifelong Learning. 
Together with MATURE the workshop in Barcelona should support those goals. Furthermore, the workshop should contribute to a process of evolutionary change inside IFIP in order to improve the cooperation between the TCs and to generate synergy of action especially with regard to transversal themes of the information and knowledge society, that are not just technology based. Examples are besides Lifelong Learning e.g. the themes of Security and Trust, E-Governance and Ethics that have been also discussed at the Summits on the Information Society during the last years. 
During the workshop members of the MATURE consortium presented the results of their research on knowledge maturing and related IT-Software-Tools, developed so far. In detail
  • Based on the results of three years of empirical research efforts (ethnographic study, representative study, in depth study) with hundreds of European and globally acting companies from different economic sectors, an analysis of real-world maturing practices, and derived knowledge maturing services were presented.
  • The presented results were consolidated in a sound general conceptual model of knowledge maturing (the so-called knowledge maturing model landscape), which consists of the identification of phases of knowledge maturing and its characteristics, indicators for observing knowledge maturing, identification of key knowledge maturing and guidance activities to be supported by tools, and motivational and social barriers and ways to overcome them.
  • A widget-based, Web 2.0 inspired Learning & Maturing Environment, integrating personal and organizational perspectives (PLME /OLME), embedded into the working environment of application partners was also presented and their functionalities were discussed.
In plenary and break-out sessions during the workshop the participants discussed the possible impact of the conceptual findings and the technical developments of the MATURE project on AGORA’s future work and the organizational cooperation within IFIP. Participating members of IFIP presented and discussed academic and professional fields where transversal initiatives could create new possibilities of knowledge maturing and activities that enhances efficient ways of working within the framework of IFIP.
Besides the attendees of MATURE, IFIP participants from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland and Switzerland, representing different TCs, were attending the workshop.