The Knowledge Transfer From Headquarter to Local Subsidiaries Through Expatriates - Local Employees’ Perspective

Sylwia Przytuła , Małgorzata Rozkwitalska , Michał Chmielecki , Łukasz Sułkowski


Background:Knowledge transfer between the HQ and subsidiary has recently been targets of increasing research interest. However, the role of expatriate managers and local staff perspective on this process has not been examined enough. Research aims: This paper has two main objectives: first to develop a conceptual framework (model) of knowledge transfer between the headquarters and local subsidiary, and second to empirically evaluate this process in 5 foreign subsidiaries based in Poland from a knowledge-based perspective. Methodology:Our study relied on qualitative case study methods. The authors report the empirical findings from 5 multinational subsidiaries (2 German, 2 American and Indian) located in Poland. 68 semi-structured interviews were conducted among HR specialists and managers. Key findings:The transfer of knowledge has always been in one direction, that is from the headquarters to its foreign subsidiary in Poland. Both the headquarters (as a sender) and the subsidiary (as a receiver) have been prepared in terms of tools and institutions to accumulate the knowledge. A key link in the knowledge transfer has included expatriates - their skills and abilities such as openness, willingness to learn and motivation for learning, ability to transfer their knowledge and experience to others, and ability to build positive interpersonal relations
Author Sylwia Przytuła (MISaF / IOaM / DoHRM)
Sylwia Przytuła,,
- Department of Human Resources Management
, Małgorzata Rozkwitalska - WSB University in Gdańsk
Małgorzata Rozkwitalska,,
, Michał Chmielecki - SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS)
Michał Chmielecki,,
, Łukasz Sułkowski - Jagiellonian University (UJ)
Łukasz Sułkowski,,
Journal seriesInternational Journal of Contemporary Management, [Współczesne Zarządzanie. Kwartalnik Środowisk Naukowych i Liderów Biznesu], ISSN 1643-5494, e-ISSN 2449-8939, (B 14 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1.2
Keywords in English knowledge transfer, knowledge sharing, expatriates, host country nationals (HCN)
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)14
ScoreMinisterial score = 14.0, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 14.0, ArticleFromJournal
Citation count*
Share Share

Get link to the record

* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.