Within this type of network local offices start to evolve their own knowledge silos or islands because this is where the most effective transfer of knowledge is taking place. Knowledge that is transferred within the office remains connected to the individuals and supported by the context that created it. In order to be transferred from one office to another it must be separated from this context and pulled away from the people and their daily workflows. It is very difficult to define a common firm-wide knowledge base within this type of network.
Like the previous models, the networked system enables a firm to transfer information. The difference here is the people and communities are the backbone of the system. They are bridging each of the local offices with an organic structure that works to spread tacit knowledge effectively through stories, context, and commonalities. The transfer of information becomes a PASSIVE experience integrated into an employee's workflow rather than separated from it. Here its not what you know and keep to yourself that makes you an invaluable employee, its what you share, and how you tap into and build upon the vast amounts of knowledge within the firm that makes you invaluable.