Journal article

Balancing global and local strategic contexts: Expatriate knowledge transfer, applications, and learning within a transnational organization

J Barry Hocking, Michelle Brown, Anne-Wil Harzing

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT | WILEY PERIODICALS, INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

We investigate how expatriates contribute to the transnational firm's strategic objectives of global efficiency, national ("local") responsiveness, and worldwide learning. We focus on expatriate knowledge application and experiential learning achievements, two assignment-based outcomes of potential strategic value to the firm. We assess how the individual's everyday knowledge access and communication activities, measured by frequency and geographic extent, affect these assignment outcomes. Within our case organization, a prototype transnational firm, we find that expatriate knowledge applications result from frequent knowledge access and communication with the corporate headquarters and othe..

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