Title

Boundary-crossing and the localization of capabilities in a Japanese multinational firm

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asia Pacific Business Review

Publication Date

7-3-2015

Volume

21

Issue

3

First Page

364

Last Page

382

Keywords

capabilities, China, foreign subsidiaries, Japanese MNCs, knowledge boundaries, localization

Abstract

We conducted a case study to explore the challenges encountered by a foreign subsidiary of a Japanese multinational firm when localizing its organizational capabilities in China. Drawing on the concepts of boundaries and boundary-crossing, we identify pragmatic and cultural knowledge boundaries, which denied opportunities for the host-country employees to contribute their local expertise to augment the firm's core capabilities within the domains of research and development and operational protocols. However, within those domains that were regarded as complementary to or peripheral to the firm's core capabilities, host-country employees were granted more scope to cross the associated pragmatic boundaries.

DOI

10.1080/13602381.2015.1020193

Print ISSN

13602381

E-ISSN

1743792X

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Recommended Citation

Hong, J. F. L., & Snell, R. S. (2015). Boundary-crossing and the localization of capabilities in a Japanese multinational firm. Asia Pacific Business Review, 21(3), 364-382. doi: 10.1080/13602381.2015.1020193