Requirements Compilation for Building Formal Ultra-time Team, for Imam Ali (AS) Online Encyclopedia Development

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Professor at University of Tehran, Faculty of Management, Tehran , Iran

2 PhD Student of public management, faculty of management, university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

3 assistant professor at University of Tehran, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Iran


Purpose: Ultra-time teams, being capable of conducting great and long-term deeds, have significant impact on the development of production capacity and knowledge management. Correspondingly, encyclopedias are considered valuable knowledge assets due to their influence in education, research, and culture of scientific communities. It is worth noting that composing such large scale and up to date encyclopedias runs beyond one human generation; therefore, utilizing collaborative work group running beyond one generation is necessary for developing a long-living encyclopedia. Hence, this study aims at compiling the prerequisites and qualifications associated with a formal ultra-time team whose purpose would be development of an online, comprehensive, long-standing, reliable, and ultra-time encyclopedia dealing with Imam Ali’s (AS) original life manifestations, personality, speeches and guidance.
Methodology: Based on the subject’s nature, the research was carried out in a qualitative manner. Moreover, the research experts’ community comprised individuals who were experienced and well-versed in compilation and publication of encyclopedias and dictionaries or designing work teams. Among the research experts’ community, 12 people were selected in a snowball manner and were interviewed. The texts of the interviews were regularly coded and analyzed by means of Thematic Analysis method. Finally, the related concepts and themes were extracted from them.
Findings: The themes obtained from the gathered data were distinguished in terms of 10 main and 50 sub themes and were organized in theme map.
Originality: Considering the necessity for compiling an online encyclopedia by means of ultra-time teams, this study enjoys specific novelty.


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