Why have a journal on Competitive intelligence?Bernard Dousset
It is essential for our community to have a journal in the digital and possibly print formats for a series of reasons.
- Articles on competitive intelligence, technological monitoring and all methods of mining and managing knowledge from texts are spread over a multitude of journals depending on the fields of application concerned. This has led to a certain lack of visibility for both our community as a whole and for the consistency of its research work over a period of 20 years or more.
- The few journals which could possibly represent our community are either relatively limited in their distribution or their publications was discontinued because of a lack of support.
- Many conferences and seminars are organised on the subject and include very good contributions particularly on the uses of CI and new developments regarding tools and methods. Thus the GDR IE, the "journées de l’Ile Rousse", VSST, ATELIS or SIIE have continually all been sources of quality articles for the journal Intelligences Journal.
- France is clearly lagging behind other countries in setting up monitoring groups in small and medium companies despite many government initiatives and the existence of a certain French CI culture. For this reason, improved reviewing of the solutions on offer from the research world would be particularly welcome to support decision makers and governance.
- Research evaluation is ongoing (impact factor, H index, number of publications and citations, Shanghai ranking) but the indicators used are mainly quantitative and of dubious robustness given that they are strongly manipulated by the English-speaking world. An in-depth analysis of this subject would be extremely beneficial and coherent, consensual proposals would be particularly appreciated by all those involved in the field.
- Finally, although the concept of CI covers (too) many fields linked to I.T. and new information and communication technologies, its specific nature (links with economics, management and decision-making) has spawned an interface culture which needs to reconcile two approaches from both hard and soft sciences