Regional Headquarters and Their Impact on Knowledge Transfer Processes in Transnational Companies - A ‘Small World’ Network Perspective

16 Pages Posted: 21 May 2013

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Sven M. Laudien

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jörg Freiling

University of Bremen - Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Date Written: May 20, 2013

Abstract

What role do regional headquarters (RHQ) play in the process of spreading knowledge in the internal and external network of transnational companies (TNC)?

In our paper we approach this topic based on an understanding of TNC as ‘small world’ networks – a concept from the field of social psychology introduced by Milgram (1967). We employ this concept to show that RHQ as knowledge hubs foster knowledge transfer and competence building within TNCs. The main contribution of our paper is that we develop a formalized approach that provides a proof that RHQ can considerably influence information and knowledge transfer processes in TNCs. By doing so, we try to reduce a gap in research on RHQ.

Keywords: Transnational company, formal governance, regional headquarters, knowledge transfer, networks, competence building

Suggested Citation

Laudien, Sven M. and Freiling, Jörg, Regional Headquarters and Their Impact on Knowledge Transfer Processes in Transnational Companies - A ‘Small World’ Network Perspective (May 20, 2013). ZenTra Working Paper in Transnational Studies No. 17 / 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267300 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2267300

Sven M. Laudien (Contact Author)

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Jörg Freiling

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