Communication & Collaboration                              FITT– Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transf...
Communication & Collaboration ToolsCollaboration of people from different teams, institutions or companiesTechnology Trans...
Communication (1) Communication  can be defined as the process of sending and receiving information among  people. Shanno...
Communication (2) Information source: e.g. a person who creates a message. Message, sent by the information source and rec...
Collaboration Definition:  Derived from the Latin word “collaborare” meaning: to work jointly with others  Today: joint ...
Communication & Collaboration for the                         Technology Transfer Process  Key issue for technology trans...
In Practice:                      Tools for CollaborationMFG’s internal communication andcollaboration tools consist of: ...
MFG Knowledge Management – OverviewMFG Intranet                                                    Community Relationship ...
In Practice:                    Collaboration Setup for Research – CoCoNutCoCoNut = an internal IBBT project involving res...
CoCoNUT – Idea It established was established, because     • IBBT is a decentrally structured organisation            -  ...
CoCoNut – Impact Most added value for seniors, who need overview and dashboards When everybody uses the tool in the righ...
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FITT Toolbox: Communication & Collaboration

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Communication tools are used to facilitate the exchange between different teams and to foster collaboration. For technology transfer, effective tools for interaction are crucial: tools can improve the exchange between researchers, but also facilitate the contacts between researchers and transfer officers or between researchers and companies. For implementing effective communication, it is important to offer a set of tools to researchers and transfer officers according to their needs and taking into account current technological developments and trends.

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FITT Toolbox: Communication & Collaboration

  1. 1. Communication & Collaboration FITT– Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer – www.FITT-for-Innovation.euExcept where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  2. 2. Communication & Collaboration ToolsCollaboration of people from different teams, institutions or companiesTechnology Transfer involves different persons: researchers, TT officers,lawyers, companies, … Inter- and intra-team collaboration need usable tools One-way communication vs. interactive communication tools Challenge: Implementation of tools  that minimise collaboration efforts  that are used without time consumption  that are up to date2 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  3. 3. Communication (1) Communication can be defined as the process of sending and receiving information among people. Shannon’s model is often described as the beginning of modern communication theory as it fits for interpersonal communication as well as to mass communication. Information Transmitter Channel Receiver Destination source Noise Adaption of Shannon’s Communication Process3 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  4. 4. Communication (2) Information source: e.g. a person who creates a message. Message, sent by the information source and received by the destination. Transmitter: can be a medium (e.g. telephone) but also the sound of the voice in face-to- face communication Signal, which flows through a channel, e.g. electronic signals, radio waves, or words and pictures in a book. Channel: the most common channels are air, light, electricity, radio waves, paper, and postal systems. Noise, in the form of secondary signals that obscure or confuse the signal carried. Receiver: originally, the receiving telephone instrument. In face to face communication a set of ears (sound) and eyes (gesture). In television, several layers of receiver, including an antenna and a television set. Destination: presumably a person who consumes and processes the message.4 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  5. 5. Collaboration Definition:  Derived from the Latin word “collaborare” meaning: to work jointly with others  Today: joint efforts and inputs from different people in a working environment Current trends in Collaboration:  new internet technologies have created a new kind of “mass collaboration”  Basis: improvements like high speed internet, wireless connection and web-based collaboration tools like wikis or blogs Results:  People from all over the world can efficiently communicate and share ideas  One impressive example of this mass collaboration is the online “Wikipedia”, where thousands of people contributed to currently 14 billion articles in more than 260 languages5 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  6. 6. Communication & Collaboration for the Technology Transfer Process  Key issue for technology transfer, especially • between researchers (common research project) • between researchers and TTO (evaluating transfer opportunities) • between researchers and companies (evaluating cooperation possibilities).  Communication & collaboration tools can be used to address the difficulty of • raising awareness for technology transfer topics within research community • convincing researchers to come forward with their ideas/technologies and • possibly considering starting up their own venture.  There is a close connection of the topic “Communication & Collaboration” and the topic “Networking & Clustering”6 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  7. 7. In Practice: Tools for CollaborationMFG’s internal communication andcollaboration tools consist of: MFG Intranet: central platform for internal information MFG InnovationWIKI: MFG knowledge pool CRM: Community Relationship Management tool Pidgin: instant messaging system7 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  8. 8. MFG Knowledge Management – OverviewMFG Intranet Community Relationship Management central platform for relevant  The linkage between contacts news and documents or projects used at least once a day  Active participation and Participation of everyone up to date data allowed and expected MFG Knowledge Management Instant Messaging Tool MFG InnovationWIKI  Can reduce internal phone calls  knowledge pool for relevant and emails with little content topics and trends  Widely accepted: about 2/3 of  Currently more than 1.600 staff uses the instant articles messaging tool every day  Used by every employee  Consideration as optional tool, which can integrated into daily work according to his/her needs8 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  9. 9. In Practice: Collaboration Setup for Research – CoCoNutCoCoNut = an internal IBBT project involving researchers from many domains & backgrounds (sociologists, economics, engineers, law researchers, mathematicians, etc.) “research the ways in which IBBT researchers work and interact, design the ideal collaboration/sharing environment to work efficiently while being geographically spread.”MyBBT = The implementation of the coconut findings “Smart, interactive, attractive collaboration & knowledge sharing platform for IBBT researchers and partners”9 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  10. 10. CoCoNUT – Idea It established was established, because • IBBT is a decentrally structured organisation - 900 researcher spread over 5 universities and many more campuses. - Equal amount of research partners in industry • There was no common work space before MyBBT - Projects did have separate, closed collab websites - This means: no knowledge sharing cross projects, no overview for senior people that participate in more than 1 project - Hence: little or no tools for knowledge sharing.10 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration
  11. 11. CoCoNut – Impact Most added value for seniors, who need overview and dashboards When everybody uses the tool in the right way we should be able to: • Provide a single source of info regarding IBBT projects to our researchers • Have one single point of entry for all IBBT related questions that are not publically available • Have clear processes and practices defined and documented • Have a good way to communicate to the IBBT community, or segments of it.11 | 02.01.2010 Communication and Collaboration

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