Engaging with Distributed Knowledge Management

  • Kevin C. Desouza
  • Yukika Awazu


‘We live in a global world’ has become a cliché. More recently, we have also seen considerable interest in the term ‘distributed’, in the context of distributed work, distributed teams, and so on. A recent tragedy may help illustrate the critical issues of globalization. On September 11, 2001, the USA was attacked by the terrorist organization of Al Qaeda. The terrorists who hijacked the aircrafts resided in various geographical locations in the USA. The command-and-control centers for the coordinated attacks were based in the USA, Germany, Afghanistan, and Malaysia. The resources and skills required to carry out the attacks were garnered from multiple global locations. The success of the effort can be linked to the ability of the terrorists to blend into local cultures and go undetected by law enforcement officials. A wide assortment of communication tools were used to exchange the information and knowledge required to coordinate the attacks. Every aspect of the assault was global and distributed in nature.


Knowledge Management Parent Company Virtual Team Knowledge Broker Contingent Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin C. Desouza
    • 1
  • Yukika Awazu
    • 2
  1. 1.ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.ChicagoUSA

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