Knowledge transfer and international joint ventures

The case of nummi and general motors

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    Abstract

    Using a case study of NUMMI, a joint venture between General Motors (GM) and Toyota, this research note examines alliances and knowledge transfer with a focus on the organizational processes used to transfer knowledge. The results suggest two possible explanations for the knowledge transfer outcome. The primary explanation is that the systematic implementation of knowledge transfer mechanisms can overcome the stickiness and causal ambiguity of new knowledge. A second explanation is that creating successful knowledge transfer should be viewed from a change management perspective in which trial and error learning experiences and experimentation support the transfer outcome.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)447-453
    Number of pages7
    JournalStrategic Management Journal
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2008

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    Knowledge transfer
    International joint ventures
    General Motors
    Toyota
    Stickiness
    Alliances
    Causal ambiguity
    Change management
    Experimentation
    Joint ventures
    Organizational processes

    Keywords

    • Alliance
    • Joint venture
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Learning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management

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    Knowledge transfer and international joint ventures : The case of nummi and general motors. / Inkpen, Andrew.

    In: Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 29, No. 4, 04.2008, p. 447-453.

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