The MNC as a Knowledge Structure

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The MNC as a Knowledge Structure

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dc.contributor.author Foss, Nicolai J en_US
dc.contributor.author Pedersen, Torben en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:26:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:26:44Z
dc.date.issued 2003-11-13T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 8778731410 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7317
dc.description.abstract Recent research on the differentiated MNC has concerned knowledge flows between MNC units. While linking up with this literature, we extend in two directions. First, we argue that conceptualizing the MNC as a knowledge structure furthers the understanding of intra-MNC knowledge flows. Thus, we see MNC knowledge elements as being structured along such dimensions as their type and degree of complementarity to other knowledge elements, and their sources, for example, whether they are mainly developed from external or internal knowledge sources. These dimensions matter in terms of knowledge flows, because they influence the costs and benefits of knowledge transfer and, hence, the actual level of knowledge transferred. Second, based on this conceptualization, we argue that MNC management can influence the development, characteristics and transfer of knowledge through choices regarding organizational instruments (control, motivation and context). We test six hypotheses derived from these arguments against a unique dataset on subsidiary knowledge development. The dataset includes information on organizational instruments, sources of subsidiary knowledge, and the extent of knowledge transfer to other MNC units. It covers more than 2,000 subsidiaries located in seven different European countries. en_US
dc.format.extent 33 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DRUID Working Paper;2003-09 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CKG Working paper;2003-04 en_US
dc.subject.other multinationale selskaber en_US
dc.subject.other videnoverførsel en_US
dc.subject.other videnledelse en_US
dc.title The MNC as a Knowledge Structure en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt03nov13 inrumo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Ledelse, Politik og Filosofi en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for International Økonomi og Virksomhedsledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort CKG en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Management, Politics & Philosophy en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of International Economics and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort MPP en_US
dc.idnumber 8778731410 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2003 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Roles of Knowledge Sources and Organizational Instruments in MNC Knowledge Management en_US


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