This may seem like a strange topic in a forum designed for interaction and help. (Probably the people here are more likely to help others than the general population of CI professionals.)
Nevertheless, why is it that many CI people tend to share few stories, problem solving techniques and solutions with their peers?
I can think of possible reasons though I don't know if my list is complete. Here is my "one person" brainstormed list.
1. By the nature of the function, CI people are looking for and, in some senses, guarding secrets which cannot be disclosed.
2. There are legal and company restrictions on talking about techniques or processes that are being employed.
3. Maybe the common personality types of CI people are disinclined to share.
4. Perhaps sharing does happen but it is not readily evident (unless you are directly involved).
5. It could be that we lack the structures or frameworks to share. (Competitive Intelligence Ning is an exception.)
6. Some sharing does occur but it could be less applicable to most people's jobs. Maybe the advice or observations are not widely practical.
7. It might be that there is a lack of commonly used definitions of CI problem solving approaches so that vocabulary hinders sharing.
8. Maybe everyone is too busy to help others. This especially could be true if there was little chance for reciprocation.
This is all speculation for me. Do you see a lot of sharing throughout the industry? Are there other reasons that you think might explain when sharing happens and when it doesn't?
Tom HawesJTHawes ConsultingStrategically Thinking Blog