Finding Knowledge : The Role of Reputation in Knowledge-Transfer to Chinese Companies

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Kathleen Yi Jia Low
  • James A. Robins

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-364
Number of pages12
Journal / PublicationLong Range Planning
Volume47
Issue number6
Online published13 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Knowledge-transfer relationships have become an increasingly important issue for firms in emerging economies; they offer a means of upgrading skills in the face of growing international competition. Knowledge-transfer relationships also are very difficult. Firms face uncertainties about both the types of knowledge needed, and the ability of potential partners to supply necessary knowledge (Easterby-Smith et al., 2008).

Research on the knowledge-based view of the firm, reputation and status can provide insight into these problems. We use concepts from these areas of work to analyze knowledge-transfer in a sample of Chinese SMEs. We find that the status of partner firms provides an indicator of possessing valuable knowledge. This information can reduce some of the uncertainties of knowledge-transfer faced by managers.

The research also addresses a gap in the work on knowledge-transfer. Few studies have examined the direct relationship between knowledge-transfer and performance (Easterby-Smith et al., 2008; Williams, 2007). It also contributes to the study of emerging economy business from the standpoint of local firms (Hitt et al., 2000).

Research Area(s)

  • INTERNATIONAL JOINT VENTURES, HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY, STRATEGIC ALLIANCES, PERFORMANCE, FIRMS, INFORMATION, MARKETS, CAPABILITIES, PERSPECTIVE, UNCERTAINTY

Citation Format(s)

Finding Knowledge : The Role of Reputation in Knowledge-Transfer to Chinese Companies. / Low, Kathleen Yi Jia; Robins, James A.

In: Long Range Planning, Vol. 47, No. 6, 12.2014, p. 353-364.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review