The effect of organizational separation on individuals' knowledge sharing in MNCs

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Dasí, À., Pedersen, T., Gooderham, P., Elter, F. and Hildrum, J. 2017. The effect of organizational separation on individuals' knowledge sharing in MNCs. Journal of World Business. 52 (3), pp. 431-446. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2017.01.008
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TitleThe effect of organizational separation on individuals' knowledge sharing in MNCs
AuthorsDasí, À., Pedersen, T., Gooderham, P., Elter, F. and Hildrum, J.
Abstract

The ability of an organization to apply knowledge globally has been conceptualized as critical for the existence of multinational corporations (MNCs). We argue for an organizational separation effect on knowledge sharing that challenges the view of the MNC as a latent social community. Using a unique data-set of more than 4.000 individual responses from an MNC, Telenor, we test how three types of drivers for individuals’ knowledge sharing –individuals’ motivation, and individuals’ perceptions of organizational values and organizational work practices- work differently within, as opposed to across, business units. Our analysis suggests that while intrinsic motivation, innovative values and job autonomy are relatively important drivers of knowledge sharing within the business units, extrinsic motivation, result-oriented values and participation in corporate employee development are relatively more important for knowledge sharing across business units.

Research GroupInternational and Cross-cultural Management group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherElsevier
JournalJournal of World Business
ISSN1090-9516
Electronic1878-5573
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Online13 Feb 2017
Print01 Apr 2017
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Deposited08 Jan 2018
Accepted31 Jan 2017
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2017.01.008
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