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Knowledge Assimilation at Foreign Subsidiaries of Japanese MNCs through Political Sensegiving and Sensemaking
Hong,Jacky F.L.1; Snell,Robin Stanley2; Mak,Carry1
2016-09-01
Source PublicationOrganization Studies
ISSN17413044 01708406
Volume37Issue:9Pages:1297-1321
Abstract

We analyse political sensegiving and sensemaking by expatriates and host country employees through exportive, contestative and integrative stages of knowledge assimilation at two China-based subsidiaries of different Japanese MNCs. Comparative case study analysis indicated that efforts by expatriates and HQ-based experts to convey, routinize and standardize home country practices during the exportive and contestative stages, while involving traditional ‘one way’ knowledge transfer, can provide a foundation for a subsequent integrative stage, during which host country employees’ locally embedded knowledge is assimilated despite geopolitical asymmetry between home and host countries. Without this foundation, knowledge assimilation can remain ‘frozen’ at the contestative stage, with host country employees resisting importation of good practices from the HQ, and expatriates marginalizing host country employees’ contributions unless these are exceptionally compelling.

KeywordLocal Knowledge Mncs Politics Sensegiving Sensemaking
DOI10.1177/0170840616634128
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectManagement
WOS IDWOS:000382862200005
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
Faculty of Business Administration
Corresponding AuthorHong,Jacky F.L.
Affiliation1.University of Macau,,Macao
2.Lingnan University,Hong Kong
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hong,Jacky F.L.,Snell,Robin Stanley,Mak,Carry. Knowledge Assimilation at Foreign Subsidiaries of Japanese MNCs through Political Sensegiving and Sensemaking[J]. Organization Studies,2016,37(9):1297-1321.
APA Hong,Jacky F.L.,Snell,Robin Stanley,&Mak,Carry.(2016).Knowledge Assimilation at Foreign Subsidiaries of Japanese MNCs through Political Sensegiving and Sensemaking.Organization Studies,37(9),1297-1321.
MLA Hong,Jacky F.L.,et al."Knowledge Assimilation at Foreign Subsidiaries of Japanese MNCs through Political Sensegiving and Sensemaking".Organization Studies 37.9(2016):1297-1321.
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