Building a MNC Knowledge Structure


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Building a MNC Knowledge Structure

Show simple item record Foss, Nicolai J. en_US Pedersen, Torben en_US 2009-02-04T10:25:28Z 2009-02-04T10:25:28Z 2004-03-18T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.description.abstract We develop a view of the MNC as a knowledge-creating and and utilizing entity, building on the extant literature on the differentiated MNC as well as on Lyles and Schwenk’s work on corporate knowledge structures. The starting point for this conceptualization is that MNC management through choices regarding organizational control, motivation and context can influence the development, characteristics and transfer of knowledge. This extends existing literature. For example, in most of the literature, the characteristics of knowledge are seen as exogenous rather than endogenous variables. However, to the extent that management chooses a specific way of sourcing knowledge, it also implicitly chooses the characteristics of the sourced knowledge and the ease with which it can be transferred inside the MNC. This is because knowledge from different knowledge sources have different characteristics and are thus transferred at different cost. The six hypotheses that we draw from the main argument are tested on the basis of a unique and very rich dataset on subsidiary knowledge development (including information on the organizational setting, sources of subsidiary knowledge and the extent of knowledge transfer to other MNC-units) that has been constructed in connection with a cross-national project Centres of Excellence (Holm and Pedersen 2000a). The dataset covers more than 2.000 subsidiaries located in seven different European countries. 1 en_US
dc.format.extent 28 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries LINK Working paper;2001-30 en_US
dc.subject.other kep en_US
dc.title Building a MNC Knowledge Structure en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi
dc.contributor.departmentshort IVS
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy
dc.contributor.departmentukshort IES
dc.idnumber x656406304 en_US København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2001 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Roles of Knowledge Sources, Complementarities, and Organizational Context en_US

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