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The inherent challenges of knowledge transfer across countries and cultures

Stanley, Tracy & Davidson, Paul (2011) The inherent challenges of knowledge transfer across countries and cultures. In Mariano, Stefania, Mohamed, Mirghani, & Mohiuddin, Qadir (Eds.) The Role of Expatriates in MNCs Knowledge Mobilization. Emeral Group Publishing Ltd, pp. 25-43.

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Abstract

Purpose — The purpose of this chapter is to outline the findings of research into knowledge transfer across countries and culture and the implications of the findings for human resource practitioners.

Methodology/approach — Use of a qualitative case study methodology approach was employed.

Findings — The findings highlight the inherent difficulty of knowledge transfer and the broad range of factors that influence the knowledge transfer process and which are connected together in a complex and non-linear manner.

Research implications — The research revealed insight into those managers most likely to be effective at knowledge transfer and what characteristics and experiences had supported this openness to knowledge from outside of their cultural context. The lessons from the research can be incorporated into the selection and development processes for expatriates.

Originality value — The study affirmed the critical importance of face-to-face interaction in knowledge transfer. The research also resulted in the development of a practical model and tool, which pulls together the broad range of factors that impact on knowledge transfer.

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ID Code: 48010
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Knowledge Transfer, Barriers to Knowledge Transfer, Knowledge Management, Culture; , Organisational Learning
DOI: 10.1108/S1876-066X(2011)0000027005
ISBN: 9781780521121
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 12 Jan 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 08:29

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