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

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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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  • Nicolai Foss, 2006. "Knowledge and Organization in the Theory of the Multinational Corporation: Some Foundational Issues," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 10(1), pages 3-20, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jmgtgv:v:10:y:2006:i:1:p:3-20
    DOI: 10.1007/s10997-005-3545-8
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