Boundary Capabilities in MNCs: Knowledge Transformation for Creative Solution Development

28 Pages Posted: 11 May 2017

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Esther Tippmann

University College Dublin (UCD)

Pamela Sharkey Scott

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth)

Andrew Parker

University of Exeter

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

The management of knowledge across country units is critical to multinational corporations (MNCs). Building on the argument that boundary spanning leads to the development of creative problem solving outcomes, this study advances the concept of MNC knowledge transformation and examines its relationship with solution creativity. Using questionnaire data on 67 problem solving projects, we find that opportunity formation is an underlying mechanism linking MNC knowledge transformation to the development of creative solutions. These insights contribute to our understanding of boundary spanning in global organizations by substantiating MNC knowledge transformation and elaborating the relationship between boundary spanning and creative solution development. If successful at knowledge transformation, collaborators from across the MNC can construct previously unimagined opportunities for the generation of creative outcomes.

Keywords: boundary spanning, knowledge transformation, MNE/MNC management, opportunity formation, problem solving, subsidiaries

Suggested Citation

Tippmann, Esther and Sharkey Scott, Pamela and Parker, Andrew, Boundary Capabilities in MNCs: Knowledge Transformation for Creative Solution Development (June 2017). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 455-482, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2965817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12253

Esther Tippmann (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Pamela Sharkey Scott

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) ( email )

Maynooth, County Kildare W23 F2H6
Ireland

Andrew Parker

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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