Quotation Kasper, Helmut and Lehrer, Mark and Mühlbacher, Jürgen and Müller, Barbara. 2013. On the different "worlds" of intra-organizational knowledge management: Understanding idiosyncratic variation in MNC cross-site knowledge-sharing practices. International Business Review 22 (1), 326-338.


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This qualitative field study investigated cross-site knowledge sharing in a small sample of multinational corporations in three different MNC business contexts (global, multidomestic, transnational). The results disclose heterogeneous “worlds” of MNC knowledge sharing, ultimately raising the question as to whether the whole concept of MNC knowledge sharing covers a sufficiently unitary phenomenon to be meaningful. We derive a non-exhaustive typology of MNC knowledge-sharing practices: self-organizing knowledge sharing, technocratic knowledge sharing, and best practice knowledge sharing. Despite its limitations, this typology helps to elucidate a number of issues, including the latent conflict between two disparate theories of MNC knowledge sharing, namely “sender–receiver” and “social learning” theories (Noorderhaven & Harzing, 2009). More generally, we develop the term “knowledge contextualization” to highlight the way that firm-specific organizational features pre-define which knowledge is considered to be of special relevance for intra-organizational sharing.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Business Review
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title On the different "worlds" of intra-organizational knowledge management: Understanding idiosyncratic variation in MNC cross-site knowledge-sharing practices
Volume 22
Number 1
Year 2013
Page from 326
Page to 338
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0969593112000534
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2012.05.001

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Knowledge management and organizational learning within multinational companies
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Kasper, Helmut (Details)
Mühlbacher, Jürgen (Details)
Müller, Barbara (Former researcher)
External
Lehrer, Mark (Suffolk University, United States/USA)
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Change Management and Management Development IN (Details)
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