Articulating divides in distributed knowledge practice

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Working together has always been a challenge but recent trends in who works with whom, on what, and across what regions, cultures, disciplines and time zones have conspired to increase the complexity of team work, and in particular the complexity of knowledge work and communication across knowledge divides. Drawing from literature and examples of practice obtained during research on distributed, collaborative teams, this paper examines constraints to collaborative practice. It is argued that crossing knowledge divides requires articulating often invisible, taken-for-granted knowledge-based asset specificities that constrain what is recognized and accepted as practice in the different fields or occupations involved in the collaboration. Different types of specificities are discussed as examples to stimulate recognition and articulation of distributions in practice. The paper then discusses ways of recognizing domain constraints on the way to articulating divides and achieving collaboration across distributions in knowledge, practice and technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-780
Number of pages20
JournalInformation Communication and Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Asset specificities
  • Collaboration
  • Distributed knowledge
  • Interdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Sciences


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