Title

Transferring organizational learning systems to Japanese subsidiaries in China

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Management Studies

Publication Date

7-1-2006

Volume

43

Issue

5

First Page

1027

Last Page

1058

Abstract

Qualitative interviews and observations were conducted to study the cross-border transfer of organizational learning systems to the subsidiaries of five Japanese manufacturing companies operating in South China. This paper develops a holistic model of the overall process, by integrating knowledge-oriented, routine-oriented, and social/contextual perspectives, each of which plays a necessary role in explaining essential aspects. One feature of the transfer of organizational learning systems entailed arranging local access to, and opportunity to replicate, various types of knowledge repository that contained corporate values as well as technical expertise. A second feature involved the development of collective learning routines through dynamic interplay with evolving, locally based, knowledge repositories. A third feature, in two companies, entailed the creation of enterprise contexts that reproduced the socialization and corporate culture maintenance rituals, and the open plan factory and office designs, that were hallmarks of the respective parent companies, and which appeared highly conducive to the transfer of collective learning routines to the local sites. Findings indicate that successful cross-border transfer of organizational learning systems entails the development and implementation of an overall heuristic design for cultivating collective learning routines through the engineering of enterprise contexts and the responsive management of knowledge repositories.

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00628.x

Print ISSN

00222380

E-ISSN

14676486

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2006 Wiley-Blackwell. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Hong, J. F. L., Easterby-Smith, M., & Snell, R. S. (2006). Transferring organizational learning systems to Japanese subsidiaries in China. Journal of Management Studies, 43(5), 1027-1058. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2006.00628.x

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