Intelligence from Space: Using Geographical Information Systems for Competitive Intelligence

Intelligence from Space: Using Geographical Information Systems for Competitive Intelligence

Paul Hendriks (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-142-1.ch009
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Abstract

The spatial element, which is omnipresent in data and information relevant to organizations, is much underused in the decision-making processes within organizations. This applies also to decision-making within the domain of Competitive Intelligence. The chapter explores how the CI function may benefit from developing a spatial perspective on its domain and how building, exploring and using this perspective may be supported by a specific class of information systems designed to handle the spatial element in data: Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The chapter argues that the key element for linking GIS to CI involves the identification of situations in which spatial analysis may support organizational decision-making within the CI domain. It presents a three-step procedure for identifying how CI may recognize spatial decision problems that are useful to boost the operation of the CI function. The first step concerns identifying relevant spatial variables, for instance by analyzing economic, demographic or political trends as to their spatial implications. The second step involves using GIS for positioning the organization with respect to the identified variables (present and projected position). The third step amounts to drawing strategic conclusions from Step 2 by assessing how the competition in relationship with the own organization would be positioned along the identified spatial analysis lines.

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Chapter 1
Dirk Vriens
This chapter discusses the role of ICT for competitive intelligence activities. To this end, it starts with an introduction to competitive... Sample PDF
The Role of Information and Communication Technology in Competitive Intelligence
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Chapter 2
Paul Hendriks, Wendy Jacobs
Assessing the value of ICT to support Competitive Intelligence presumes an understanding of the relationship between the two. The chapter argues... Sample PDF
Sharp Connection: Linking Competitive Intelligence and Intranets
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Chapter 3
Edna O.F. Reid
A great deal of current as well as previous studies on web links has focused mostly on improving the performance of information retrieval systems.... Sample PDF
Using Web Link Analysis to Detect and Analyze Hidden Web Communities
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Chapter 4
Dirk Vriens, Jan Achterbergh
In this chapter the role of ICT for competitive intelligence is approached from the perspective of strategy formulation. The authors hold the view... Sample PDF
Enabling Strategy Formulation by ICT: A Viable Systems Approach
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Chapter 5
Etiënne Rouwette, Jac A.M. Vennix
This chapter focuses on the use of groupware to support local governments in activities in the intelligence cycle. Local governments in The... Sample PDF
Using Groupware to Gather and Analyze Intelligence in a Public Setting: Development of Integral Safety Plans in an Electronic Meeting
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Chapter 6
Özge Pala, Dirk Vriens, Jac A.M. Vennix
To survive in a complex and dynamic world, organizations need relevant, timely, and accurate information about their environment. Due to the... Sample PDF
Improving Competitive Intelligence Through System Synamics
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Chapter 7
Marco van der Kooij
To manage their performance in a dynamic and complex environment, organizations need forward-looking intelligence. Forward-looking intelligence is... Sample PDF
A Framework for Business Performance Management
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Chapter 8
Dirk Vriens, Jan Achterbergh
In the collection stage of the intelligence cycle, one has to determine relevant sources, access them and retrieve data from them. For each data... Sample PDF
The Source Map: A Means to Support Collection Activities
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Chapter 9
Paul Hendriks
The spatial element, which is omnipresent in data and information relevant to organizations, is much underused in the decision-making processes... Sample PDF
Intelligence from Space: Using Geographical Information Systems for Competitive Intelligence
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Chapter 10
Egbert Philips
Competitive intelligence is understood as the process of acquiring environmental data and transforming them into strategic relevant intelligence. To... Sample PDF
Building a Competitive Intelligence System: An Infrastructural Approach
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Chapter 11
Jan Achterbergh, Dirk Vriens
In this chapter, we explore the role of simulation games for intelligence activities. Although games have been used in intelligence activities, the... Sample PDF
It's All in the Game: How to Use Simulation-Games for Competitive Intelligence and How to Support Them by ICT
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Chapter 12
Theo van Mullekom, Jac A.M. Vennix
Scenario analysis has been used as a technique to support strategy formulation for several decades. During scenario analyses, the effects of... Sample PDF
Using Groupware to Build a Scenario-Based Early Warning System
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