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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 1 / Jan 2010  pp1‑180

Editor: Ettore Bolisani, Enrico Scarso

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Linking Unlearning with Innovation through Organizational Memory and Technology  pp1‑10

Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro

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Virtual Communities of Practice: Investigating Motivations and Constraints in the Processes of Knowledge Creation and Transfer  pp11‑20

Ana Maria Ramalho Correia

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Organizing Customer Knowledge in Academic Libraries  pp21‑32

Farhad Daneshgar, Lyn Bosanquet

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The Adoption of Knowledge Management Systems in Small Firms  pp33‑42

Pietro Evangelista

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Wikifailure: the Limitations of Technology for Knowledge Sharing  pp43‑52

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Robert Ayres

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Limitations of Network Analysis for Studying Efficiency and Effectiveness of Knowledge Sharing  pp53‑68

Remko Helms, Renato Ignacio, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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Exploring Knowledge Work Practices and Evolution in Distributed Networks of Practice  pp69‑78

Eli Hustad

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Abstract

This paper derives from a longitudinal study conducted in a multinational company. Through an interpretive case study approach, we have explored the phenomenon of knowledge networking in distributed work. More specifically, we have focused on the evolution patterns in a particular knowledge networking structure denoted as distributed networks of practice. The paper conceptualizes this kind of network of practice as an information and communication technology (ICT) facilitated dynamic relationship of participants that are geographically and temporally dispersed from one another, and who are sharing and creating knowledge related to their daily work practices and business problems. Three different categories of networks were identified 1) problem solving networks, 2) business improvement networks, and 3) innovation networks. Findings demonstrate that the networks evolved differently over time, and the study identified four distinct evolution patterns comprising 1) devolution in terms of short life cycle and dissolution, 2) recursive patterns where new ad‑hoc networks emerged from the mother network, 3) integration of knowledge practices through cross‑network proposals, and 4) innovation and expansion in scope and size. While previous studies have suggested fixed models for how a life cycle of a community takes place, this study however identified four dissimilar evolution patterns. Thus, these findings challenge life cycles models suggested in traditional community of practice research. The paper utilizes an information infrastructure perspective to provide an improved understanding of the evolution patterns within these networks by viewing them as ecological social structures facilitated by a technological infrastructure. Through social lines of practice and effective knowledge sharing, the participants created an infrastructure of knowing within the organization and managed to alter organizational practices through evolution. The paper illustrates how a knowledge networking structure as such may facilitate distributed work practices and knowledge activities across temporal and spatial boundaries. 

 

Keywords: distributed network of practice, knowledge activities, evolution patterns, knowledge networking infrastructure

 

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Knowledge Management Success Factors — Proposal of an Empirical Research  pp79‑90

Franz Lehner, Nicolas Haas

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A Framework for Assessing Commensurability of Semantic Web Ontologies  pp91‑102

Liam Magee

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Assessing the Impact of KM on Organisational Practice: Applying the MeCTIP Model to UK Organisations  pp103‑118

Sandra Moffett, Anne Hinds

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Functional Concept for a Web‑Based Knowledge Impact and IC Reporting Portal  pp119‑128

Gaby Neumann, Eduardo Tomé

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Evaluating a Living Model of Knowledge  pp129‑138

Paul Parboteeah, Thomas Jackson, Gillian Ragsdell

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People, Technology, Processes and Risk Knowledge Sharing  pp139‑150

Eduardo Rodriguez, John Edwards

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Knowledge‑Based Strategies for Knowledge Intensive Business Services: a Multiple Case‑study of Computer Service Companies  pp151‑160

Enrico Scarso, Ettore Bolisani

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Measuring the Effects of Knowledge Management Practices  pp161‑170

Geoff Turner, Clemente Minonne

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The Role of Multinational Corporations (MNC's) in Developing R&D in Thailand: the Knowledge Flow Between MNC's and University  pp171‑180

Lugkana Worasinchai, Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen Bechina

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