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Knowledge Sharing via Informal Communities in a Globally Distributed Organization

  • Penny Chen
  • Yen Cheung
  • Vincent C. S. LeeEmail author
  • Adam Hart
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 660)

Abstract

This research studies the geographic diversity and variation in informal communities within a globally distributed bank in Australia and how these differences impact on the effectiveness of internal collaboration within a Bank. Its social networking technologies with implications for their deployment and use are also explored. Online survey data is collected from 373 employees across all its main branches in Australia and Asia. Three main findings are: collectivist-oriented employees tend to feel more positive in terms of their work outcomes after informal community interactions than individualist-oriented employees; individualist-oriented employees are slightly less willing to share knowledge in informal communities than collectivist-oriented employees and e-mail is the most commonly used and preferred ICT tool for communication in informal communities across all global offices, regardless of cultural orientation. Suggestions for further work include doing a study on organisational culture versus geographic culture or doing a study on organisations in transitioning geographic cultures.

Keywords

Knowledge sharing Informal communities Culture Individualism Collectivism Socialization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Penny Chen
    • 1
  • Yen Cheung
    • 1
  • Vincent C. S. Lee
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adam Hart
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ITClayton Campus, Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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