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    Boundary Capabilities in MNCs: Knowledge Transformation for Creative Solution Development

    Tippmann, Esther and Sharkey Scott, Pamela and Parker, Andrew (2017) Boundary Capabilities in MNCs: Knowledge Transformation for Creative Solution Development. Journal of Management Studies, 54 (4). pp. 455-482. ISSN 0022-2380

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    The management of knowledge across country units is critical to multinational corporations (MNCs). Building on the argument that boundary spanning leads to the development of creative problem solving outcomes, this study advances the concept of MNC knowledge transformation and examines its relationship with solution creativity. Using questionnaire data on 67 problem solving projects, we find that opportunity formation is an underlying mechanism linking MNC knowledge transformation to the development of creative solutions. These insights contribute to our understanding of boundary spanning in global organizations by substantiating MNC knowledge transformation and elaborating the relationship between boundary spanning and creative solution development. If successful at knowledge transformation, collaborators from across the MNC can construct previously unimagined opportunities for the generation of creative outcomes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: boundary spanning; knowledge transformation; MNE/MNC management; opportunity formation; problem solving; subsidiaries;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11788
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    Depositing User: Pamela Sharkey Scott
    Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2019 14:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Studies
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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