Quotation Parker, Andrew, Tippmann, Esther, Kratochvil, Renate. 2016. Receiving Novel Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective. EIBA European International Business Academy, Vienna, Austria, 01.12-05.12.




This paper examines the question of where managers in subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs) receive novel knowledge and by doing so addresses the dilemma of approaching individuals who possess novel knowledge while at the same time ensuring they are able to obtain this offered knowledge. We use a network mobilization perspective and arguments on network range, testing our hypotheses on a dataset of 838 ties from 120 managers in subsidiaries leading problem solving projects. We find support for our hypotheses: mobilizing internal, same-function ties across MNC units and external ties are associated with receiving novel knowledge. Our study contributes by resolving the dilemma inherent in receiving novel knowledge, demonstrating the value of a network mobilization perspective, and adding to the problem solving perspective in strategy.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Receiving Novel Knowledge for Problem Solving in the MNC: A Network Mobilization Perspective.
Event EIBA European International Business Academy
Year 2016
Date 01.12-05.12
Country Austria
Location Vienna
URL http://eiba.wien/


Subsidiary Driven Problem Solving
Kratochvil, Renate (Former researcher)
Parker, Andrew (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Tippmann, Esther (UCD, Ireland)
Institute for International Business (Nell) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5308 Management sciences (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5333 Business management (Details)
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