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Enterprise search: a state of the art.

Cleverley, Paul H.; Burnett, Simon


Paul H. Cleverley


Enterprise search is changing. The explosion of information within organizations, technological advances and availability of free OpenSource machine learning libraries offer many possibilities. Eighteen informants from practice, academia, search technology vendors and large organizations (Oil & Gas, Governments, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace and Retail) were interviewed to assess challenges and future directions. The findings confirmed the existence of the ‘Google Habitus’, technology propaganda and a need to transcend disciplines for a Systems thinking approach toward enterprise search. This encompasses information management, user search literacy, governance, learning feedback loops as well as technology. A novel four-level model for enterprise search use cases is presented, covering search as a utility, search as an answer machine, search task apps and a discovery engine. This could be used to reframe enterprise search perceptions, expanding possibilities and improving business outcomes.


CLEVERLEY, P.H. and BURNETT, S. 2019. Enterprise search: a state of the art. Business information review [online], 36(2), pages 60-69. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2019
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal Business information review
Print ISSN 0266-3821
Electronic ISSN 1741-6450
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 2
Pages 60-69
Keywords Enterprise search and discovery; Cognitive search; Insight engines; Information management; Information literacy
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