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Michailova and Jormanainen, “Knowledge transfer between Russian and Western firms: whose absorptive capacity is in question?”: A reply

Igor Gurkov (Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow, Russia)

critical perspectives on international business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Article publication date: 25 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to provide comments on Michailova and Jormanainen's paper, “Knowledge transfer between Russian and Western firms: whose absorptive capacity is in question?” (CPoIB, Vol. 7 No. 3).

Design/methodology/approach

The paper offers a critical analysis of issues regarding knowledge transfer and absorptive capacity in the context of business interactions between Russian and Western firms.

Findings

The paper argues that knowledge transfer between Russian and foreign firms is a two‐way road, and the role of “competence brokers” is very important.

Research limitations/implications

The paper invites scholars to examine knowledge transfer between Russian and Western firms with a more “stereoscopic view” by distinguishing various kinds of actors within both Russian and foreign firms.

Practical implications

Researchers are invited to put less emphasis on citing theoretical articles and to bring more attention to cases, documentary evidence of firms' actions and articles in less popular journals focused on East European management.

Originality/value

The commentary provides a more detailed view on knowledge transfer between Russian and Western firms.

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Citation

Gurkov, I. (2011), "Michailova and Jormanainen, “Knowledge transfer between Russian and Western firms: whose absorptive capacity is in question?”: A reply", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 343-349. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422041111180773

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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