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The triad of paradigms in globalization, ICT, and knowledge management interplay

Mirghani S. Mohamed (The George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 26 June 2007




The paper aims to investigate the synergetic effects of knowledge management (KM) and information and communication technologies (ICT) on globalization progression. Then the article seeks to portray how this synergy can be employed in various KM activities and processes to transubstantiate a national company into an effective boundaryless global knowledge‐based enterprise (GKBE).


The article reviews and interprets the relevant literature on both globalization and knowledge management technology. The resultant insights are used to reveal the synergy and to develop a butterfly model that shows the interconnectedness and the domino effects of KM activities on globalization advancement.


Owing to the significant differences between the national and the global knowledge‐based enterprise (GKBE) the butterfly framework has been proposed, utilizing the benefits from the synergy of the major globalization components. The call for implementing KM practices to improve globalization efficiency came as a result of the unknown parameters within the new global market competition.

Practical implications

Globalization has become increasingly complex and challenging for many multinational companies. This article will help these companies to solve the problem using KM strategy as facilitated by ICT and human cognitive efforts. Owing to the complexity of the issue, the solution is in turn multifaceted and can only be achieved through a consistent system thinking.


The model presents a road‐map for multinational global operations managers and KM practitioners when developing their strategy for competitive advantage.



Mohamed, M.S. (2007), "The triad of paradigms in globalization, ICT, and knowledge management interplay", VINE, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 100-122.



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