Modelling Strategic Actor Relationships to Support Intellectual Property Management
In today’s increasingly knowledge-intensive economy, patents and other forms of intellectual property mechanisms are widely used to protect inventions, generate revenue, and build strategic alliances. Techniques from conceptual modelling can be used to analyze the structure of knowledge, highlighting crucial entities and relationships. However, to analyze the strategic significance of particular pieces or bodies of knowledge within an organizational and business context, we need an ontology that captures the social and intentional dimensions of knowledge management. In this paper, we outline the use of the i∗ strategic actor relationships modelling framework to support IP management. In i∗, actors have goals, and know-how and resources for achieving goals. Patents restrict the use of know-how, thus prompting actors to reposition themselves within a network of dependency relationships. Examples from the e-commerce domain are used to illustrate.
KeywordsRequirement Engineer Strategic Actor Form Partnership Patent Owner Airline Company
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