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Global StrategyCreating and Sustaining Advantage across Borders$
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Andrew Inkpen and Kannan Ramaswamy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167207.001.0001

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Global Knowledge Management

Global Knowledge Management

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(p.107) 5 Global Knowledge Management
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Global Strategy
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Andrew Inkpen (Contributor Webpage)

Kannan Ramaswamy (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167207.003.0006

This chapter focuses on managing knowledge in the global organization. In the global economy, knowledge is moving around the world at a faster and faster rate. MNEs must develop their strategies by tapping into the repositories of knowledge that exist in all parts of the company. This chapter explores the nature of organizational knowledge and considers the transactional problem that results because knowledge is context dependent. Moreover, in the fast moving global economy, innovation is critical for competitiveness. The chapter considers the knowledge source of innovation in the MNE. Firms must find and exploit valuable knowledge from inside and outside their organization in all the geographic markets in which the company operates. How MNEs can create knowledge-oriented cultures is discussed.

Keywords:   innovation, transfer, context, competitiveness

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