Lam, Alice (2008): The Tacit Knowledge Problem in Multinational Corporations: Japanese and US Offshore Knowledge Incubators.
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This paper examines the ‘cognitive’ and ‘societal’ aspects of the tacit knowledge transfer problem in MNCs. Based on a comparative analysis of the overseas R&D labs of US and Japanese MNCs in the UK, it examines how home-based models of learning influence MNCs’ transnational social spaces for learning and their capabilities to address the tacit knowing problem. It illustrates how the US professional ‘networks of practice’ (NoP) and the Japanese organizational ‘communities of practice’ (CoP) approaches to transnational learning unfold in practice. It also examines how divergence between home and host country institutions governing knowledge production inhibits cross-societal tacit knowing.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The Tacit Knowledge Problem in Multinational Corporations: Japanese and US Offshore Knowledge Incubators|
|Keywords:||comparative thinking; tacit knowledge; knowledge transfer in MNCs; innovation and R&D; organizational learning; communities of practice|
|Subjects:||F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
|Depositing User:||Alice Lam|
|Date Deposited:||20. Dec 2008 12:56|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 19:46|
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