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A holistic model for inter-plant knowledge transfer within an international manufacturing network

Farhad Noruzi (Department of Product Realization, Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden)
Daniel Stenholm (Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Peter Sjögren (Department of Product Realization, Mälardalen University, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Dag Bergsjö (Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 31 May 2018

Issue publication date: 27 May 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide a holistic view to support the choice of appropriate strategy for conducting a knowledge transfer (KT) project in an international manufacturing network (IMN) environment. It proposes a model that includes multiple aspects of a KT project along with guidelines on each aspect.

Design/methodology/approach

To achieve the research goals, multiple case study method was adopted. Data have been collected by conducting semi-structured interviews regarding five KT projects in three multinational corporations. Data were triangulated by means of comparisons to complementary data acquired through observations and archival documents.

Findings

The results of this paper detail the key issues of five KT projects. Furthermore, the paper proposes an aggregated model comprising the main aspects and strategies for a KT project within an IMN.

Research limitations/implications

Despite the abundant research on KT area, not many research projects provide holistic views on KT process. The focus has rather been sectional and concentrated on each specific aspect within the KT.

Practical implications

The paper guides practitioners to identify multiple aspects in KT that will eventually increase the odds for successfully performing such projects.

Originality/value

The proposed learning network model improves the performance of KT projects by providing a holistic view including several factors that the organization should emphasize to succeed with inter-plant KT.

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Citation

Noruzi, F., Stenholm, D., Sjögren, P. and Bergsjö, D. (2020), "A holistic model for inter-plant knowledge transfer within an international manufacturing network", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 535-552. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-10-2017-0473

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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