Publisher: University of Economics in Katowice (2014)
306 pages
ISSN 2083-8611

Ambient technology and Creativity Support Systems
Studia Ekonomiczne Zeszyty Naukowe 188

Malgorzata Pankowska, Joanna Palonka, Henryk Sroka (eds.)

The continuous evolution of hardware, software and communications technology is rapidly transforming the business world into the world of ambient technology. This next wave of information technology is fundamentally different in that it makes distributed wired and wireless computing and communication disappear to the background and puts users to the foreground. Ambient technology adapts to people instead of the other way around. Ambient technology concerns the consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing that was originally developed in the late 1990s. Nowadays, in the ambient technology world, devices support people in carrying out their everyday life activities as well as encourage them to be more creative in their using information and intelligence. The creative activities always involve change, new ideas, innovation and a certain discomfort of lack of stability. Generally, a certain amount of motivation is needed to make people operate actively. Creative practitioners are strategic thinkers, planning and making choices and evaluating and positioning themselves and their work according to a range of external and internal parameters. Organizational creativity can be stimulated, if the business unit is managed in such a way that employees are encouraged to generate and implement ideas for the overall good of the organization. The business organization managing the creativity should tolerate diversity, complexity and contradiction.

Taking into account the discussion above, the research articles included in this book use the terms ambient technology and creativity to refer to an individual or a community of individuals that realize their business supported by ICT in their operational environments.

The aim of this book is to improve our understanding of creativity support system environments. The various research articles analyse creative and innovative activities in the case studies or just through provision of academic discussions. The book is likely to be of interest to students and scholars in a number of research fields as well as to business policy decision makers concerned with research, teaching and policy measures for the development of ambient technology and creativity support system environments.


  1. Andrzej Białas, Barbara Flisiuk: Specialized development environments for security-enhanced IT products and systems
  2. Andrzej Białas, Barbara Flisiuk: IT security development process in the experimental SecLab development environment
  3. Andrzej Białas: Common criteria compliant IT product development in the experimental SecLab laboratory
  4. Beata Butryn, Robert Kutera: The role of social technologies in the operation of virtual communities of practice in companies
  5. Jacek Jakieła, Joanna Wójcik: RUP driven development of social learning platform
  6. Elżbieta Kasperska, Andrzej Kasperski, Elwira Mateja-Losa: Simulation and optimization experiments on some model of SD type - aspect of stability and chaos
  7. Elżbieta Kasperska, Elwira Mateja-Losa, Tomasz Bajon, Rafał Marjasz: "Did Napoleon have to Lose the Waterloo Battle?" - Some sensitivity analysis and optimization experiments using simulation by Vensim
  8. Joanna Palonka, Teresa Porębska-Miąc: Cloud computing and mobility as the main trends in unified communications
  9. Małgorzata Pańkowska: Socially aware computing survey results
  10. Mariia Rizun: Intellectual capital as a key factor of business-processes at mining enterprises
  11. Nina Rizun, Yurii Tarenenko: Simulation modelling of the decision-making activity of the automated control systems operator's using nonlinear elements
  12. Dariusz Rogowski: Applying computer tool to common criteria methodology
  13. Jan Trąbka: Enterprise Content Management platforms - concept update, role in organization and main technologies
  14. Jadwiga Sobieska-Karpińska, Marcin Hernes: Learning methods of cognitive agents related to decision areas in DSS
  15. Anna Sołtysik-Piorunkiewicz: The recent ideas and trends in healthcare information systems in Poland
  16. Artur Strzelecki: System sensor - a practical human-computer interface for people with disabilities
  17. Bartosz Wachnik: Reducing information asymmetry in IT projects. Action Research results
  18. Wiesław Wolny, Mateusz Szołtysik: Overview of existing computer network environment virtualization for computer network learning
  19. Piotr Zadora: Joining agile with Unified Process in order to improve software quality
  20. Mariusz Żytniewski, Stanisław Stanek : Development of the Business Intelligence on the basis of semantic knowledge processing methods concept and agent solutions in knowledge-based organization
  21. Mariusz Żytniewski, Andrzej Sołtysik, Jarosław Kurpanik: IT systems virtualisation and the example of its academic use

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