Knowledge management in central and eastern europe through network development and boundary spanners

Timothy Kiessling, Michael Harvey, Marina Dabic

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Abstract

Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries have become a popular research venue due to their transitioning into market based economies. For international business scholars this represents a unique opportunity, as one of the key driving forces is the privatization of state-owned enterprises. Due to the market's great potential, many multinational enterprises are entering CEE countries and realizing that a transfer of market knowledge (i.e., customer tastes, distribution methods/channels, etc.) from the host country to the multinational, as well as from the multinational to the host country (i.e. technology, management/marketing capabilities, etc.), is essential. The lack of host country skills have made knowledge transfer difficult. Also, the tacit nature of some of the most important knowledge embedded within the host country's organization and the multinational makes knowledge diffusion a daunting task to manage. However, successful knowledge management will assist in positive performance measures so researchers are examining knowledge management and its constructs (acquisition, transfer, conversion, and application). Our research explores the linkage between knowledge management and performance in host country firms in a CEE country, Croatia. We also explored antecedents of successful knowledge management that of networks and human resources (boundary spanners). Finally we explored whether cultural distance moderates these relationships in the knowledge management process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-186
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of East-West Business
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Kiessling, Timothy ; Harvey, Michael ; Dabic, Marina. / Knowledge management in central and eastern europe through network development and boundary spanners. In: Journal of East-West Business. 2008 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 159-186.
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In: Journal of East-West Business, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2008, p. 159-186.

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