What is it about?

The paper shows how the innovative application of a Collective Intelligence approach enhanced Local Skills Planning information for employers, education and skills training organisations and regional economic policy organisations such as Chambers of Commerce.

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Why is it important?

The case study shows how Collective Intelligence (CI) can be applied to achieve rapid results in resolving real-world problems of local skills information availability. Useful real-time data was gathered from employers on their skills requirements, supply and training. This was analysed using Artificial Intelligence tools, then shared publicly via an automated Internet portal, providing a scalable model for wider use. The case also explores and evaluates how the knowledge exchange (KE) process can function effectively and quickly in applying CI-based innovation in practical ways that create new value.


This case study took place through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between a University and a Chamber of Commerce. The paper is authored by the KTP team and includes the Graduate Associate's perspective on his experiences of Knowledge Transfer and innovation.

Professor David Rae
De Montfort University

This was an exciting project resulting from a cross-disciplinary, academia-industry partnership. We showed how collective intelligence can be harnessed to provide critical new insights on the supply and demand of skills in regional labour markets.

Professor Edward Cartwright
De Montfort University

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This page is a summary of: ‘Insight unlocked’: Applying a collective intelligence approach to engage employers in informing local skills improvement planning, Industry and Higher Education, June 2023, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/09504222231186376.
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