Impact of Structures on Knowledge Contribution in Virtual Organizations: The Asian Case

Impact of Structures on Knowledge Contribution in Virtual Organizations: The Asian Case

Xi Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2652-2.ch007
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Abstract

As multi-culture virtual teams become more prevalent in organizations, it becomes increasingly imperative to understand knowledge sharing dynamics. This paper uses Adaptive Structuration Theory extended to address proactive structuration as a foundation from which a model is developed to include aspects of knowledge sharing. Propositions are established, and evidence is provided based on a project involving 119 participants comprising 13 teams of nominally nine members. Each team was composed of three sub-teams of nominally three participants from three locations: The Netherlands, Hong Kong and Beijing. The discussion focuses on managing conflict and maximizing contribution.
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Background

Aspect of structuration theory combined with culture to provide a background for the study at hand with special attention to knowledge sharing and the role of technology. This review is kept purposely brief and, by no means, is comprehensive. Rather, it serves to provide a background to salient issues addressed in the study at hand.

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