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Knowledge and Organization in the Theory of the Multinational Corporation: Some Foundational Issues


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  • Nicolai Foss



This paper addresses the interaction of knowledge and organization in IB research, particularly research on the MNC. The argument is advanced that although the MNC literature is quite advanced with respect to its treatment of firm-level knowledge, several closely connected problems remain. In particular, there has been an over-emphasis on knowledge flows and an under-emphasis on knowledge stocks; the micro-foundations of MNC knowledge are unclear; and there is a no clear understanding of the causal relations between knowledge stocks and flows and organizational control. A control theory approach that may resolve some of these problems is then sketched. Copyright Springer 2006

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Management & Governance.

Volume (Year): 10 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 3-20

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jmgtgv:v:10:y:2006:i:1:p:3-20

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Keywords: control theory; knowledge; organizational control; the MNC;


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  2. Keupp, Marcus Matthias & Gassmann, Oliver, 2009. "Why do transnational approaches to international innovation fail?," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 206-222, June.
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  4. Kasper, Helmut & Lehrer, Mark & Mühlbacher, Jürgen & Müller, Barbara, 2013. "On the different “worlds” of intra-organizational knowledge management: Understanding idiosyncratic variation in MNC cross-site knowledge-sharing practices," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 326-338.
  5. Deprez, Frank Lekanne & Tissen, René, 2009. "Creating Spatial Organizations," Nyenrode Research Papers Series NRI09-07, Nyenrode Business Universiteit.
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