Research on Network Mechanisms for Virtual Collaboration

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Description

To gain a competitive advantage in a knowledge-based society, organizations employ virtual teams (VT) that ensure effective management of distributed organizational knowledge through the construction of a flexible knowledge network based on electronic connectivity. However, empirical evidence has shown that the barriers created by geographical and temporal separation between members lead to challenges in identifying who knows what, and where to locate relevant knowledge and expertise. Thus, individuals often face great difficulties in accessing the timely, relevant, and accurate knowledge necessary to accomplish tasks in VTs. Given that virtual collaborations have become ubiquitous and unavoidable in organizations, it is important to understand the mechanics that underlie effective knowledge access in VTs. This project broadly seeks to examine how individuals in VTs address their needs for access to timely, relevant, and accurate knowledge resources so that they can better perform their tasks. The results of this research will have implications for both academia and industry: by creating new knowledge and contributing towards a richer understanding of network mechanisms underlying successful virtual collaboration (for academia), and by providing insights and prescriptive guidelines to companies for designing and deploying information communication technologies in the virtual collaboration (for industry).

Detail(s)

Project number7200391
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/03/143/03/16