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Proceedings of IFIP 8.2/Organizations and Society in Information Systems (OASIS)


Against the backdrop of today's highly connected world marked with the increased use of technology, Global IT Sourcing is growing consistently over the last two decades. Such a trend entails the need to deploy effective knowledge management strategies within and across outsourcing organizations. Extant literature shows that this area remains largely under-theorized due to the complexities involved in understanding the underlying mechanisms and many facets of knowledge processes. One such complexity is the embeddedness of knowledge in local, situated practices and the difficulties that arise in reaching shared meanings when knowledge is circulated across globally dispersed settings. This research takes up the challenge of exploring what managing knowledge processes entails in the case of an IT-outsourced project using a practice-based vocabulary. Such a vocabulary seems particularly appropriate in understanding ongoing knowledge processes by studying the everyday work practices of human-actions as they interact with material artifacts. This encompasses a shift in discourse from individuals, organizations and institutions to human-action as the unit of analysis. The purpose of this research is two-fold: Firstly, it aims at investigating the knowing-how that is enacted through the everyday, ongoing work practices of human-actions as they interact with material artifacts. Secondly, it investigates how the collaborative ability in organizing and knowing-how to effectively manage knowledge across global boundaries improves the outsourcing process.