BARRIERS TO KNOWLEDGE SHARING IN GLOBAL TEAMS – THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE
Modern Management Review
Organizing work in teams has become the modus operandi in multinational organizations and team-based structures are becoming a regular occurrence in every day operation of the organization. The purpose of this study is to run an extensive literature review of knowledge sharing barriers in global teams. It is assumed that global teams are able to integrate specialized and globally dispersed capabilities, to understand local needs and demands and leverage cultural diversity. These multi-cultural
... eams also face a host of problems, and to better understand the challenges and benefits of team work for global organizations, it is vital to learn what are the potential barriers in knowledge sharing. This paper is one of the series concerning knowledge sharing barriers. Companies increasingly rely on global teams to foster growth and innovation, yet too often these teams are assembled without a clear process to ensure success. Global teams represent a high stake commitment, so it is imperative that these teams have a proven framework to promote optimal functioning. Firms need to pay attention to potential barriers to knowledge sharing, in order for global teams to succeed. The relevance of the barriers to knowledge sharing has been identified and they are as such: absorptive capacity, relationship between members of different teams, time, common framework, the excessive value attributed to experts, lack of recognition, distance, time zone and cultural differences.