uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Knowledge translation through expatriates in international knowledge transfer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2012 (English)In: International Business Review, ISSN 0969-5931, Vol. 21, no 6, 1148-1157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies of international knowledge transfer usually focus on the transfer of knowledge without loss between organizational units. However, this research has frequently been inconclusive because of the tacit nature of knowledge and the difficulties of measuring the results of knowledge transfer. Therefore, we suggest a paradigmatic shift of research from knowledge transfer without loss, to knowledge translation as a matter of modification of knowledge when transferred from one context to an other. According to this perspective, the knowledge transfer between the MNE HQ and foreign subsidiaries is a socio-cultural process in which expatriates can be expected to play an important role.In this paper, we study the impact of expatriates in knowledge translation from MNE HQ to foreign subsidiaries. Through an empirical analysis, we examine how the characteristics of expatriates influence the usefulness of knowledge transferred internationally. An important result of the study is that the expatriation experience and, in particular, the relationship development capability has significant positive effects on the international knowledge translation process. However, we did not find any statistical evidence that an expatriate's experience of the particular industry or the particular country has a significant effect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 21, no 6, 1148-1157 p.
Keyword [en]
International knowledge transfer, Knowledge translation, Role of expatriate
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184891DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.01.002ISI: 000311984300014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-184891DiVA: diva2:570916
Available from: 2012-11-20 Created: 2012-11-15 Last updated: 2013-01-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Johanson, Jan
By organisation
Department of Business Studies
In the same journal
International Business Review
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 312 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link