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Journal Issue
Volume 15 Issue 2 / Jul 2017  pp59‑146

Editor: John Dumay

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Editorial for EJKM Volume 15 Issue 2  pp59‑60

Associate Professor Johannes Dumay

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Applying a Knowledge Conversion Model to Cultural History: Folk Song From Oral Tradition to Digital Transformation  pp61‑71

Simon Burnett, Caroline Macafee, Dorothy Williams

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How to Promote Knowledge Sharing in Cross‑Functional Npd Teams  pp72‑84

Antonio Daood1, John Power, Conor Phelan, Mark O’Brien

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Barriers and Enablers of Effective Knowledge Management: A Case in the Construction Sector  pp85‑97

George Okere

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Constitute Knowing in MNE Subsidiaries in China: From a Dynamic System Perspective  pp98‑112

Juana Du

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Abstract

This current study examines how MNE subsidiaries constitute “knowing” in their ongoing practices in local context, with a focus on the Chinese cultural context in which the subsidiary is embedded. From a dynamic system perspective, it provides a framework to further discuss learning of organizations with particular relevance to the Asian business context. This study complements the current understanding of learning by highlighting the essential role of context in enacting knowledge in practice. We conducted 48 in‑depth interviews with managers in MNE subsidiaries located at three cities in China, including: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, which captured a broad picture of the Chinese geographic variations and the cultural context. It has practical implications for managers working in China and Asian emerging markets. This study explains the dynamic process of learning in MNE subsidiaries, and the interactions between employees and the local cultural context. Firstly, it reveals the learning nature of daily practices in subsidiaries from a practice view, which further confirms that the “knowing” process of organizations is a continuous, circular process of change characterized as systems dynamics. Second, it discusses that knowing and meaning are embedded in specific contexts of subsidiaries, which are across boundaries and faced with navigating a local cultural context. It highlights the effects of cultural context in enacting knowledge in practice by discussing contextual dynamics of knowing practices in MNE subsidiaries. In particular, the Chinese local context of learning has been examined with support of empirical data. Third, it finds that expatriates serve as channels and storehouse of tacit knowledge in subsidiaries considering the characteristics of Chinese cultural context. It suggests managers working in subsidiaries take advantages of local cultural context. It also has practical implications for MNE headquarters to expand into Asian emerging markets. 

 

Keywords: Learning, dynamic system, local context, MNE subsidiary

 

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Knowledge Sharing Barriers in the Educational Program Management Administrative Processes: A Case of a Bachelor Program in a Russian University  pp113‑125

Evgeny Blagov, Anastasiia Pleshkova, Emil Soldatkin, Nikita Koritckiy

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The Modernisation of Statistical Classifications in Knowledge and Information Management Systems  pp126‑144

Andrew Hancock

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