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Enterprise 2.0: Research Challenges and Opportunities

Zakaria Maamar, Noura Faci, Ejub Kajan, Khouloud Boukadi, Sherif Sakr, Mohamed Boukhebouze, Soraya Kouadri Mostéfaoui, Vanilson Arruda Burégio, Fadwa Yahya, Valérie Monfort, Romain Hennion: Enterprise 2.0: Research Challenges and Opportunities. WEBIST (Revised Selected Papers) 2014: 16-30

Blending Web 2.0 technologies with enterprise information systems is setting up the stage for a new generation of information systems that will help enterprises open up new communication channels with their stakeholders. Contrary to traditional enterprises with top-down command flow and bottom-up feedback flow, the same flows in Enterprise 2.0 cross all levels and in all directions bringing people together in the development of creative and innovative ideas. The power of Web 2.0 technologies stems from their ability to capture real-world phenomena such as collaboration, competition, and partnership that can be converted into useful and structured information sources from which enterprises can draw information about markets’ trends, consumers’ habits, suppliers’ strategies, etc. This paper discusses the research efforts that our international research group has put into the topic of Enterprise 2.0 (aka Social Enterprise). In particular, our research group advocates that existing practices for managing enterprise information systems need to be re-visited in a way that permits to capture social relations that arise inside and outside the enterprise, to establish guidelines and techniques to assist IT practitioners integrate social relations into their design, development, and maintenance efforts of these information systems, and last but not least to identify and tackle challenges that prevent capturing social relations.