Quotation Low, Yi Jia, Robins, James A. 2014. Finding Knowledge: The Role of Reputation in Knowledge-Transfer to Chinese Companies. Long Range Planning 47 (6), 353-364.




Knowledge-transfer relationships have become an increasingly important issue for firms in emerging economies; they offer a means of upgrading skills in the face of growing international competition. Knowledge-transfer relationships also are very difficult. Firms face uncertainties about both the types of knowledge needed, and the ability of potential partners to supply necessary knowledge (Easterby-Smith et al., 2008). Research on the knowledge-based view of the firm, reputation and status can provide insight into these problems. We use concepts from these areas of work to analyze knowledge-transfer in a sample of Chinese SMEs. We find that the status of partner firms provides an indicator of possessing valuable knowledge. This information can reduce some of the uncertainties of knowledge-transfer faced by managers. The research also addresses a gap in the work on knowledge-transfer. Few studies have examined the direct relationship between knowledge-transfer and performance (Easterby-Smith et al., 2008; Williams, 2007). It also contributes to the study of emerging economy business from the standpoint of local firms (Hitt et al., 2000).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Long Range Planning
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Finding Knowledge: The Role of Reputation in Knowledge-Transfer to Chinese Companies
Volume 47
Number 6
Year 2014
Page from 353
Page to 364
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002463011400079X
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lrp.2014.10.001


Low, Yi Jia (Former researcher)
Robins, James A. (Former researcher)
Institute for Business Policy and Planning IN (Former organization)
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