Sharing and developing knowledge of organization culture during international assignments

Brendan Boyle, Stephen Nicholas, Rebecca Mitchell

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Abstract

This article investigates the sharing and development of knowledge of organization culture during international assignments in multinational enterprises (MNE). Organization culture is presented as a category of knowledge, and the value of this knowledge is discussed in the strategic context of MNE integration and the development of global management competencies. In-depth interview data from 21 cases of international assignments across 13 MNEs are analysed, revealing that assignees play a role in sharing knowledge of organization culture through the process of articulating tacit perspectives held across global units. The data also reveal a role for assignments in the development of comprehension of substantive heterogeneity. This article contributes to our understanding of the developmental aspects of assignments, the utility of assignments as a method for knowledge sharing and the role of international assignments in the integration of MNEs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-378
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural management
  • international assignments
  • knowledge
  • multinational enterprises
  • organization culture

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