Repatriates as Knowlege-transfer Agents

Jeanette Lemmergaard, Ma Eugenia Sanchez Vidal

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Resumé

Expatriates are increasingly recognized for their central role as knowledge-transfer agents. Traditionally expatriates were only sent out to control and coordinate activities, but in the knowledge economy international assignments are seen as a way of obtaining knowledge-transfer between organizational units. Or put differently, international assignments initiate knowledge management.  

Most of the knowledge acquired during a foreign assignment is however tacit and therefore difficult to codify and transfer in a systematic way. Moreover, research shows that many repatriates leave their employer within few years after their return. This means that the important international knowledge which has been acquired during the time of expatriation often is not assimilated by the organization.

This paper discusses three important issues related to the issue of retaining knowledge. First,how the absorptive capacity of organizations restricts the organizations from seeing the value of the knowledge of the expatriates. Second, the disseminative capacity of the organizations. Finally, the paper discusses how channels of knowledge transfer can support knowledge resourcing to the benefit of both the expatiate and the organization.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2007
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 2007
Begivenhed8th European Conference on Knowledge Management - Barcelona, Spanien
Varighed: 6. sep. 20077. sep. 2007
Konferencens nummer: 8

Konference

Konference8th European Conference on Knowledge Management
Nummer8
LandSpanien
ByBarcelona
Periode06/09/200707/09/2007

Fingeraftryk

Knowledge transfer
Expatriates
International assignments
Employers
Assignment
Knowledge economy
Expatriation
Knowledge management
Absorptive capacity

Citer dette

Lemmergaard, J., & Sanchez Vidal, M. E. (2007). Repatriates as Knowlege-transfer Agents. Paper præsenteret på 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Barcelona, Spanien.
Lemmergaard, Jeanette ; Sanchez Vidal, Ma Eugenia. / Repatriates as Knowlege-transfer Agents. Paper præsenteret på 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management, Barcelona, Spanien.10 s.
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Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

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