Knowledge Transfer in Virtual Information Systems Development Teams: An Empirical Examination of Key Enablers
36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the (2003)
Big Island, Hawaii
Jan. 6, 2003 to Jan. 9, 2003
Saonee Sarker , Washington State University
Suprateek Sarker , Washington State University
Darren Nicholson , Washington State University
Kshiti Joshi , Washington State University
Knowledge transfer among geographically separated members is recognized as a critical ingredient for collaborative accomplishment of knowledge work in virtual teams. However, due to the "localness" of knowledge, such transfer of knowledge is believed to be inherently problematic, and thus, it is important to develop a solid understanding of the factors that enable knowledge transfer in such contexts. Drawing on existing literature on knowledge management and virtual teamwork, we identify 4 Cs (communication, capability, credibility, and culture) associated with individuals who are found to transfer significant amounts of knowledge to remote members, and test the 4 Cs in the context of US-Norwegian virtual teams engaged in systems development. A number of implications and directions for future research are also suggested.
S. Sarker, D. Nicholson, S. Sarker and K. Joshi, "Knowledge Transfer in Virtual Information Systems Development Teams: An Empirical Examination of Key Enablers," 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the(HICSS), Big Island, Hawaii, 2003, pp. 119a.