Faculty Publications

Title

Local embeddedness and expatriates' effectiveness for knowledge transfer within MNCs: A cultural perspective

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Cultural and Technological Influences on Global Business

First Page

420

Last Page

436

Abstract

The development of expatriates' social relationships in a local environment is critical given that social ties are considered the key players of a Multinational Corporation's (MNC) network and a prerequisite for knowledge transfer within the organization. By building on the national and organizational culture literature, we develop a conceptual model to better understand how expatriates can effectively build local embeddedness. Our conceptual arguments include how four groups of culture-related factors predict expatriates' local embeddedness, expatriates' cross-cultural experience, expatriates' cultural orientation, local national culture, and MNCs' organizational culture. Finally, we also investigate under what conditions expatriates' social ties within the MNC can influence the expatriates' effectiveness in knowledge transfer. © 2013, IGI Global.

Original Publication Date

12-1-2013

DOI of published version

10.4018/978-1-4666-3966-9.ch022

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