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Compatibility and unlearning in knowledge transfer in mergers and acquisitions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, ISSN 0956-5221, E-ISSN 1873-3387, Vol. 26, no 4, 448-456 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite wide recognition of the central role of knowledge and its transfer, extant research has focused much on some important aspects of knowledge transfer and paid little attention to others. We focus on two underexplored issues in the knowledge transfer literature, namely: (a) compatibility of new knowledge with recipients’ needs, interpretations of its past experiences and its existing norms, and (b) organizational unlearning, which moderates the relationship between compatibility and extent of successful knowledge transfer. We examine different types and dimensions of knowledge compatibility and organizational unlearning within our proposed knowledge transfer process framework. We situate our discussion primarily within knowledge transfer in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Based on the proposed model, we also offer propositions future research can test.

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2010. Vol. 26, no 4, 448-456 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324542DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2010.09.010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324542DiVA: diva2:1110282
Available from: 2017-06-15 Created: 2017-06-15 Last updated: 2017-06-15

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