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The roles of network in the knowledge transfer process

<p><p>Title: Network in the knowledge transfer process</p><p>Authors: Ying-Sze Tang (Virginia), Pattamawan Chaikiturajai (Koy)</p><p>Supervisor: Sven-Olof Yrjö Collin</p><p>Course: Dissertation 15 ECTS, spring 2010</p><p>Seminar date: June 1, 2010</p><p>Key words: Knowledge transfer, network, knowledge transfer by network</p><p>Purpose: To examine the roles of network in the knowledge transfer process</p><p>Method: The aim is to examine the roles of network in the knowledge transfer process by using theories as a foundation and then relating literatures with empirical data. An abductive approach and qualitative case study approach would be conducted.</p><p>Theory: The theoretical framework of reference consists of knowledge transfer, network and knowledge transfer by network. The conceptual models which are developed by the authors will be described at the end of chapter 3.Empirical method: Secondary data such as companies‘ information from website and annual report are used for data collection. Since the comparison could be made, this study is to perform interviews with two international companies which are HMS Industrial Networks AB and Synovate Limited. The interviewees are the persons who participated in the communication with overseas people.Analysis: The analysis part consists of two sections. The first section is a within-case analysis of HMS Industrial Networks AB and Synovate Limited while the second section is a cross-case analysis of both companies.</p><p>Conclusion: The major finding after doing this thesis is that all main networks including home country network, host country network and subsidiaries network are crucial factors in knowledge transfer process. Home country network acts as an ‗Advisor‘ to get assistance and guidance for gaining knowledge. Host country network acts as a ‗Punching Tool‘ which helps company to enter into an unfamiliar and difficult foreign market due to language and culture <em>barrier. Subsidiaries network acts as a ‗Knowledge Booster‘ which help each other about transferring knowledge between host countries to enhance the whole process. It is because business operations are conducted in subsidiaries locally but not in the headquarters.</em></p></p>
Date January 2010
CreatorsTang, Ying Sze, Chaikiturajai, Pattamawan
PublisherHalmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET)
Source SetsDiVA Archive at Upsalla University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeStudent thesis, text

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