Tapping the power of local knowledge:a local-global interactive perspective

Li, Shenxue and Easterby-Smith, Mark Peter Victor and Lyles, Marjorie A. and Clark, Timothy (2016) Tapping the power of local knowledge:a local-global interactive perspective. Journal of World Business, 51 (4). pp. 641-653. ISSN 1090-9516

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Existing theories of international business and strategy do not fully explain how local knowledge disadvantage faced by foreign investors can be mitigated. We conducted an in-depth qualitative study into four MNCs to investigate the micro-processes of how they generated value from their dispersed sources of local knowledge in China. The results suggest an interactive model: that MNCs employed management processes encompassing three strategically interconnected efforts—global knowledge penetration, local-global knowledge blending, and local-global knowledge integration. The model highlights the interplay between global and local knowledge and challenges extant research that solely focuses on the transfer of either home-based or local knowledge.

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