Entrepreneurial Contexts and Knowledge Coordination within the Multinational Corporation

Williams, Christopher and Lee, Soo Hee (2011) Entrepreneurial Contexts and Knowledge Coordination within the Multinational Corporation. Journal of World Business, 46 (2). pp. 253-264. ISSN 10909516 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We present a new perspective on entrepreneurship within multinational corporations (MNCs) based on entrepreneurial contexts and knowledge coordination. First, we develop a framework of four contexts for analyzing different mechanisms by which MNCs pursue opportunities across borders. Second, we develop propositions for predicting how entrepreneurial knowledge is coordinated (transferred and internalized) between these contexts. The coordination problem lies at the heart of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship within modern MNCs although its inter-contextual nature has been neglected in the literature. In our view, MNC entrepreneurship comprises (1) a superset of entrepreneurial activity from four distinct contexts; and (2) the inter-contextual coordination of knowledge of opportunity, knowledge of solution, and learning from outcomes of initiatives. Drawing primarily on the knowledge-based view of the MNC, we argue that knowledge coordination between multiple entrepreneurial contexts constitutes a socially complex capability and potential source of competitive advantage for the MNC. This holistic view of MNC entrepreneurship raises fresh questions for researchers and strategic leaders of MNCs. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

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Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2011/// [EPrints field already has value set] AD - Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street North, London, ON, Canada [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Department of Management, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - J. World Bus. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, Multinational corporations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:55
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30862 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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