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Hegemony and its discontents: a critical analysis of organizational knowledge transfer

Raza Mir (Cotsakos School of Business, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA)
Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee (College of Business, University of Western Sydney, South Penrith, Australia)
Ali Mir (Cotsakos School of Business, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, USA)

critical perspectives on international business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Article publication date: 2 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the phenomenon of knowledge transfer within multinational corporations (MNCs), and how the imperatives of thought and action that constitute new knowledge are received in the terrain that constitutes the MNC subsidiary.

Design/methodology/approach

This study employs an ethnographic approach, and juxtaposes primary data collection with a variety of secondary data sources.

Findings

The data are analyzed in light of the theoretical construct of hegemony, and three themes theorized that underlie the process of knowledge transfer. These include knowledge loss at the local level, the coercive practices that ensure knowledge transfer, and the invocation of imperial subjectivities by the headquarters of the MNC when dealing with subsidiaries from poorer nations.

Originality/value

This paper goes beyond the mainstream approaches into organizational knowledge transfer, by analyzing these issues in light of political economy, and the changing landscape of industrial accumulation. It offers in some measure, the building blocks of a different organizational theory, one that is sensitive to those subjects who are consigned to the periphery of mainstream organizing.

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Citation

Mir, R., Bobby Banerjee, S. and Mir, A. (2008), "Hegemony and its discontents: a critical analysis of organizational knowledge transfer", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 4 No. 2/3, pp. 203-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422040810869990

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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