Quotation Kratochvil, Renate, Parker, Andrew, Tippmann, Esther. 2016. Utilizing Diverse Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective. AIB-UKI Annual Conference, University of London, United Kingdom, 07.04.-09.04.




During problem solving, how do managers in multinational corporations (MNCs) utilize innovative tacit knowledge to develop solutions of high value to the firm? To shed light on this question, we combine the literature on problem solving with a network mobilization perspective. We test our hypotheses on a dataset of 120 subsidiary-driven problem projects, representing 838 ties. We find support for our hypotheses: utilizing tacit knowledge, in the form of new and innovative ideas, is an antecedent of solution value. In addition, mobilizing internal, same-function ties across MNC units and external ties, as well as collaboration density are associated with obtaining and using innovative tacit knowledge. We discuss implication for the problem solving perspective in strategic management and knowledge-based perspectives of the MNC.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Utilizing Diverse Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective
Event AIB-UKI Annual Conference
Year 2016
Date 07.04.-09.04.
Country United Kingdom
Location University of London
URL http://www.bbk.ac.uk/management/about-us/events/aibuki2016


Subsidiary Driven Problem Solving
Kratochvil, Renate (Former researcher)
Parker, Andrew (Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France)
Tippmann, Esther (University College Dublin (UCD) Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland)
Institute for International Business (Nell) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
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