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Bridging the distance: managing cross-border knowledge holders

Li, S. and Scullion, H. (2006) Bridging the distance: managing cross-border knowledge holders. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 23 (1). pp. 71-92. ISSN 0217-4561

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Abstract

This article examines the micro-level operational difficulties for multinational corporations (MNCs) to generate value from its highly geographically dispersed cross-border knowledge and studies the strategies for overcoming them. Using China as the research context, we identify key geographical, institutional and cultural features of cross-border knowledge holders and examine the dimensions of distance that separates them. We then link these dimensions to the conditions that facilitate cross-border knowledge building processes. In doing so, we propose a conceptual model for overcoming these context-specific knowledge management barriers.