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Uncovering the knowledge coordination process in information and communication technologies services outsourcing from the provider’s perspective

Andrea Herrera (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)
Sonia Camacho (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 10 February 2022

Issue publication date: 2 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to empirically investigate how knowledge coordination is carried out within and across expert teams in the outsourcing service desk context from the standpoint of the information and communication technologies (ICT) provider.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors draw on an embedded case study to unravel the mechanisms used by expert teams to achieve knowledge coordination. Data collection included semi-structured interviews and document analysis over eight months.

Findings

Four groups of coordination mechanisms were found according to their nature and role in helping MESA achieve its organizational goals. The authors also identified how this set of mechanisms responds to the task-resource dependency and how it evolves over time to provide reliable ICT services. Furthermore, the analysis of four knowledge coordination dimensions inside each group uncovers the complexity of coordination in the studied context, with the “who” dimension being predominant across the groups. The analysis further reveals that the content (what) and mode of coordination (how) of each group respond to elements in the knowledge coordination process relevant for the different stages of the ICT service delivery process.

Originality/value

The case study addresses how people in outsourced services coordinate their knowledge to manage the interdependencies among the involved organizations and thus, achieving their goals. This study extends previous research that had analyzed the consequences of knowledge coordination for providers and customers by delving into the mechanisms used in this process from the provider’s point of view.

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Acknowledgements

This project was supported with the Funds for Assistant Professors at Universidad de los Andes.

Citation

Herrera, A. and Camacho, S. (2024), "Uncovering the knowledge coordination process in information and communication technologies services outsourcing from the provider’s perspective", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 54 No. 3, pp. 473-492. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-07-2021-0132

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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