Not all international assignments are created equal: HQ-subsidiary knowledge transfer patterns across types of assignments and types of knowledge

Duvivier, Florence, Peeters, Carine and Harzing, Anne-Wil (2019) Not all international assignments are created equal: HQ-subsidiary knowledge transfer patterns across types of assignments and types of knowledge. Journal of World Business . ISSN 1090-9516 (Published online first)

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Abstract

Drawing on 50 semi-structured interviews in a case study of a Belgian multinational and its foreign subsidiary in Poland, we develop new insights into how using different types of international assignments (long-term expatriation, short-term expatriation, short-term inpatriation) allows a HQ-subsidiary dyad to transfer different types of knowledge (declarative, procedural, axiomatic, relational), both from and to HQ, during and after the assignment. We show how each type of assignment acts as a unique knowledge transfer channel, and why it is critical that HQ-subsidiary dyads use an appropriate combination and sequence of international assignments reflecting their specific knowledge transfer needs.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
Item ID: 26138
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 10:34
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2019 02:06
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26138

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