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Why they do not understand - a model of knowledge discourse in the transition phase of globally distributed projects


Wende, Erik; Schwabe, Gerhard; Philip, Tom; King, Gregory (2013). Why they do not understand - a model of knowledge discourse in the transition phase of globally distributed projects. In: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences-46, Maui, Hawaii, 7 January 2013 - 10 January 2013.

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This paper contributes to the field by applying the Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) for building a model,which improves the understanding of the role of project set-up and communication in the transitionphase of projects involving global virtual teams.Although research has highlighted the importance of knowledge transfer in offshore outsourced projects, the literature says little about real-world knowledgetransfer problems experienced by project managers and provides little guidance for developing solutions. In this paper, we investigate knowledge transfer problems in the transition phase of offshore outsourcedsoftware projects and how set-up of the phaseinfluences unstructured knowledge transfer. Using the SSM, we identify relevant constructs and relationships and build a conceptual model. This highlights the importance of an appropriate communication inception as a basis for relationship building and defines a new construct, ‘knowledge discourse’, whichsignifies the importance of two-way interaction for the transfer of unstructured knowledge.

Abstract

This paper contributes to the field by applying the Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) for building a model,which improves the understanding of the role of project set-up and communication in the transitionphase of projects involving global virtual teams.Although research has highlighted the importance of knowledge transfer in offshore outsourced projects, the literature says little about real-world knowledgetransfer problems experienced by project managers and provides little guidance for developing solutions. In this paper, we investigate knowledge transfer problems in the transition phase of offshore outsourcedsoftware projects and how set-up of the phaseinfluences unstructured knowledge transfer. Using the SSM, we identify relevant constructs and relationships and build a conceptual model. This highlights the importance of an appropriate communication inception as a basis for relationship building and defines a new construct, ‘knowledge discourse’, whichsignifies the importance of two-way interaction for the transfer of unstructured knowledge.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:10 January 2013
Deposited On:19 Mar 2013 08:02
Last Modified:14 Aug 2017 20:41
Publisher:IEEE
Additional Information:© 2013 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Related URLs:http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_46/apahome46.htm
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7780

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