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Knowledge embeddedness and the transfer mechanisms in multinational corporations

  • Hong, Jacky F.L.
  • Nguyen, Thang V.

This paper reports a qualitative study conducted at four Japanese subsidiaries in China and Vietnam about their process of international knowledge transfer. Building on the literatures concerning the diverse types and characteristics of knowledge in multinational corporations (MNCs), we explore the broad mechanisms adopted and locally generated by the host country subsidiaries for transferring the foreign knowledge and putting the locally embedded knowledge into practical use at the local settings. The findings indicated (1) the limitations of applying a standardized and universal set of knowledge transfer mechanisms without considering local idiosyncrasies and (2) the contributions of local agents and institutions throughout the process of local knowledge adaptation and development.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 347-356

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