Market analysis and state-of-the-art

It is assumed that SMEs typically lack resources and deep knowledge for human resource development. Also, their concentration on their core businesses does not allow them to track research findings, to gain a broader view on problems, and to systematically interconnect with others, in particular internationally, for mutual benefit. Hence, networked learning in the sense of cooperatively creating solution-strategies to upcoming challenges as well as highly relevant research questions is deemed to fill a gap in the present repertoire of postgraduate education and life-long learning.

In the academic sector, a bilateral doctoral programme in the area of computer science does not exist yet, despite the fact that a bilateral supervision of doctoral (and masters) students has already started. This shows that the motto “together we’ll gain/reach more” at the most advanced levels of education is already being lived and opens doors for more.

 The project is unique in several respects, including:

  • Its effort to establish links between academia, industry and educational institutions at the level of bilateral doctoral studies and by conducting interactive workshops.
  • Its foundation in a humanistic approach to interpersonal communication and learning organizations in the age of the internet.
  • Its means to engage participants in establishing and nourishing communities/networks for authentic, experiential learning and knowledge construction in the communication-challenges encountered by participants. This will happen through dialoging and cooperating in loosely structured face-to-face settings and through employing new media. Participants are going to gradually become more empowered and successful in their work, research, and interpersonal relationships and to carry on and expand the structures and offerings initiated through iCom .