Finance: DFG
Duration: 2007 to 2008
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Research Project

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Transferring knowledge between center and periphery. The example of multinational companies in Germany, Argentina and Uruguay

Transferring knowledge between center and periphery. The example of multinational companies in Germany, Argentina and Uruguay

Short Description

Analysis of the conditions, mechanisms and barriers of knowledge transfer within multinational corporation with an emphasis on the corporate and geographical periphery.

Knowledge is unequally distributed, and therefore not ubiquitous, and it is “sticky“ and therefore not easily mobile. The intangibility and specificity render knowledge an invaluable strategic competitive resource for companies. From an organizational perspective, this leads to the strategic challenge of isolating specific knowledge from imitation through competitors and at the same time of promoting the transfer of knowledge within globally distributed firm units as frictionless as possible to gain a maximum of competitive advantage. Knowledge that has been generated at specific (geographical or social) locations may be appropriate for reuse to solve problems in different contexts and other locations of a company. The identification of these reuses and the mobilization of situated knowledge are key challenges for global management. This research project- pursues a diagnosis of the barriers and existing structures of knowledge transfer within and between the units of multinational knowledge-intensive companies by using methods of social network analysis. On the basis of an extensive assessment of the communication structures at the individual level of employees the causes and conditions for effective knowledge transfer will be determined.


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Glückler, J. (2008): Die Chancen der Standortspaltung: Wissensnetze im globalen Unternehmen. Geographische Zeitschrift 96.
Glückler, J. (2008) Service Offshoring: globale Arbeitsteilung und regionale Entwicklungschancen. Geographische Rundschau, 60: 36-42.

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