Managing global knowledge transfer: inpatriate manager embeddedness and firm innovation
Kiessling, Timothy Scott and Maley, Jane and Moeller, Miriam and Dabić, Marina (2021) Managing global knowledge transfer: inpatriate manager embeddedness and firm innovation. International Business Review . ISSN 0969-5931 (Print) 0962-9262 (Online) Published Online First http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2021.101868
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2021.101868
The purpose of this study is to explore the role of tacit knowledge transfer in a particular type of global manager - the inpatriate manager who is typically relocated from the MNC’s subsidiary to headquarter. To do so, we draw on social embeddedness theory. Our paper suggests that if an inpatriate manager becomes embedded within the MNCs headquarter, tacit knowledge transfer will occur resulting in innovative practices and a global mindset within the MNCs headquarters. This study takes the unique approach of studying the barriers that inpatriate managers face in the transfer of tacit knowledge and highlights the role of human resources in facilitating the transfer of knowledge across the MNC. The paper articulates the implications for policy and practice and a future research agenda.
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