Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2010 (Revised February 2011)

Cognizant 2.0: Embedding Community and Knowledge Into Work Processes

by Robert G. Eccles and Thomas H. Davenport

Abstract

Knowledge management has been a high priority for Cognizant Technology Solutions since its inception since its global delivery model requires the global sharing of knowledge. Its first major tool was called the Knowledge Management Appliance but as Web 2.0 tools came into wider use, this evolved into what the company called "Cognizant 2.0" (C2) which was designed to ensure that the KM Appliance capabilities for storing documents and participative tools such as blogs and wikis were directed towards supporting business goals. This required the development of a set of structured work process guidelines and tasks for each major type of work performed internally and for clients. Increasing awareness amongst its clients about C2 has led the company into considering whether it should turn this into a client-facing service offering itself. As its clients become more interested in knowledge management within their own companies, the interest in a C2-based offering could grow.

Keywords: Knowledge Management; Knowledge Sharing; Knowledge Use and Leverage; Product Development; Service Delivery; Business Processes; Organizational Structure; Cooperation; Information Technology Industry;

Citation:

Eccles, Robert G., and Thomas H. Davenport. "Cognizant 2.0: Embedding Community and Knowledge Into Work Processes." Harvard Business School Case 410-084, March 2010. (Revised February 2011.)