Transnational knowledge transfer

Yanqing Duan, Mark Xu, Weizhe Feng

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As the world becomes a globalised economic network, cross-country knowledge transfer is an emerging phenomenon. It happens not only through Multi-National Corporations (MNC) or joint ventures, but also in dispersed organizations or individuals. Knowledge transfer is a critical part of knowledge management and is a complex process that is affected by many factors. Research into knowledge sharing and transfer within an organisation (intra) and between organisations (inter) has produced useful insight into the process and the model of effective knowledge transfer, and the factors affecting such a process. Knowledge transfer across different countries – refers to transnational knowledge transfer (TKT) thereafter, has emerged as a new domain of knowledge management that attracted many researchers. However, the findings on TKT are disproportionate comparing to ample evidence on intra and inter organisational knowledge transfer. It is anticipated that TKT has its own unique features and cannot be simply classified as one of the commonly accepted knowledge transfer categorizations. Therefore, specific attention should be paid to examine knowledge transfer in a cross-country context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Knowledge Management
EditorsDavid Schwartz, Dov Te'eni
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781599049328
ISBN (Print)9781599049311
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010


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