Harbin Institute of Technology
To investigate the role of clear organizational structure with communicating responsibilities, a practice of Knowledge Management, in developing shared understanding of requirements in GSD-an area that is very important but has, to date, not been addressed adequately. Design/methodology/approach - a controlled experiment was performed in an academic setting with two groups of geographically distributed students; the duration of the experiment was three months. The understanding patterns of both groups were observed by conducting multiple concept-mapping exercises. Findings - the results of the experiment revealed that clear organizational structure with communicating responsibilities helps to improve shared understanding of requirements in GSD.