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Governing Knowledge-Processes

Editors: Mahnke, Volker, Pedersen, Torben (Eds.)

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lication. Key criteria for inclusion included a sound combination of conceptuali­ zation and empirical grounding in response to the questions above. Peter J. Buckley and Martin J. Carter in their paper Governing Knowledge Sharing in Multinational Enterprises examines knowledge-sharing processes in four UK MNCs. A key challenge is to design governance architectures so that application strategy (uses of a given portfolio of knowledge) and discovery strategy (new combinations of knowledge) can be supported through knowledge sharing. A key trade-off obtains here between integration and partitioning of knowledge assets, whereby increased partitioning facilitates local knowledge sharing but complicates global integration. In addition, coordination mechanisms employed in the governance of knowledge sharing may be organized centrally or decentrally, whereby central organization may lead to knowledge loss and managerial overload while decentral organization may lead to loss of control. An important contingency in resolving these governance problems is the extent to which firms follow application and discovery strategies. In addition, the authors recommend to closely integrate incentive systems with attempts for knowledge sharing including individual incentives and rewards. Julian Birkinshaw and Carl F. Fey examine the Organization of Research and Development in Large Multinational Firms in a sample of 107 firms based in the UK and Sweden. The key challenge addressed in this paper is how knowledge creation is governed and how this impacts R&D performance. Several trade-offs obtain. First, headquarter centred vs.

About the authors

Professor Mahnke ist Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics at the Copenhagen Business School.
Professor Pedersen ist Professor of International Business at the Deapartment of International Economics and Management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Guest Editors’ Introduction

    Mahnke, Volker (et al.)

    Pages 3-6

  • Governing Knowledge Sharing in Multinational Enterprises

    Buckley, Peter J. (et al.)

    Pages 7-25

  • Organization of Research and Development in Large Multinational Firms

    Birkinshaw, Julian (et al.)

    Pages 27-46

  • Governance of Knowledge-teams in the MNC: The Case of HeidelbergCement

    Mahnke, Volker (et al.)

    Pages 47-67

  • Knowledge Transfer Performance of Multinational Companies

    Pedersen, Torben (et al.)

    Pages 69-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Governing Knowledge-Processes
Editors
  • Volker Mahnke
  • Torben Pedersen
Series Title
mir Special Issue
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Gabler Verlag
Copyright Holder
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-322-90232-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-322-90232-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-409-12494-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
169
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Ursprünglich als Heft einer Zeitschrift veröffentlich.
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