Knowledge Transfer in Multinational Corporations: Productive and Counterproductive Effects of Language-Sensitive Recruitment

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dc.contributor.author Peltokorpi, Vesa
dc.contributor.editor Vaara, Eero
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-16T10:52:02Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-16T10:52:02Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/42540
dc.description.abstract This paper focuses on the multi-faceted role of language and language-sensitive recruitment processes in knowledge transfer in multinational corporations (MNCs). In particular, we develop a framework that helps to better understand how language-sensitive recruitment is related to competence, networks, identity and power. We started by conducting a qualitative interview-based study of 101 MNC subsidiaries. This analysis elucidates the productive and counterproductive effects of language-sensitive recruitment on knowledge transfer related to communication competence, networks, identity, and power. To further understanding of the productive and counterproductive effects, we conducted a quantitative study in 285 MNC subsidiaries. We found an inverted U-shaped relationship between language-sensitive recruitment and knowledge transfer. Together, these two studies provide a better understanding of the multifaceted and at times counterintuitive implications of language-sensitive recruitment on knowledge transfer in MNCs. By elucidating these effects, this paper contributes to the stream of research examining the role of language in MNCs and international business more generally. It also adds to research on MNC knowledge transfer that to date has focused little attention on language. By elaborating on the potential unintended consequences of language-sensitive recruitment, this paper also has implications on international human resource management research. fi
dc.language.iso en fi
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics fi
dc.subject language fi
dc.subject language-sensitive recruitment fi
dc.subject knowledge transfer fi
dc.subject identity fi
dc.subject power fi
dc.subject network fi
dc.subject multinational corporation fi
dc.title Knowledge Transfer in Multinational Corporations: Productive and Counterproductive Effects of Language-Sensitive Recruitment fi
dc.type Article fi

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