Quotation Ambos, Tina Claudia, Ambos, Björn, Raab, Katharina Johanne, Puck, Jonas. 2016. Imbalance and Isolation: How Team Configurations Affect Global Knowledge Sharing . Journal of International Management 22 (4), 316-332.




This study investigates knowledge sharing in globally dispersed teams with distinctive geographical and cultural configurations. We provide fresh insights by contrasting international business and social identity theory and suggest that configurational asymmetries, namely imbalance and isolation, affect team members' average perceptions of knowledge sharing processes and outcomes. We test our hypotheses in the context of a multinational software corporation, drawing on a sample of 171 responses from team-members of 40 nationalities in 45 locations. Supporting social identity theory, our results show that our configurational variables – geographical and cultural imbalance – negatively affect knowledge sharing. The highest negative impact is observed in teams with geographically or culturally isolated members. Interestingly, we find no adverse effects of cultural and geographical distance (separation) that have been in the center of a large stream of research in international business


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of International Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Imbalance and Isolation: How Team Configurations Affect Global Knowledge Sharing
Volume 22
Number 4
Year 2016
Page from 316
Page to 332
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1075425316301223
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2016.03.005


Ambos, Tina Claudia (Former researcher)
Ambos, Björn (Former researcher)
Raab, Katharina Johanne (Former researcher)
Puck, Jonas (Details)
Institute for International Business (Puck) (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Competence Center for Emerging Markets and CEE WE (Details)
Institute for International Business IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
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