Utilization of Expatriates'Knowledge in a Global Corporation
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Tillvaratagande av expatriaters kunskap i ett globalt företag (Swedish)
Background: For companies operating globally, expatriates represent a knowledge resource. When different ways of thinking, different experiences and ideas meet, new ideas and knowledge are created. Managers who have lived and worked abroad make an essential addition to the range of ideas and experiences that a company can make use of. While going on an international assignment offers the opportunity to acquire knowledge, finishing one, and moving on, offers the opportunity to transfer this knowledge and utilize it in the organization.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to examine how a global corporation utilizes the knowledge its expatriates gain during international assignments.
Realization: We have looked at utilization of expatriates’ knowledge at Tetra Pak from both the HR managers’ and the expatriates’ point of view. We conducted five interviews with HR managers and sent out questionnaires to 60 expatriates, of which 21 replied.
Conclusion: Knowledge management is highly topical at Tetra Pak right now. To open up for learning and to spread knowledge are priorities. Utilization of expatriates’ knowledge can be looked at on two levels, the individual- and the organizational level. On the individual level, it is very much a question of career management. On the organizational level, it is a matter of knowledge transfer and sharing. Transfer of knowledge in general is very much intended at Tetra Pak, but there is no focus on expatriates’ knowledge. Knowledge sharing on the other hand, seems to more or less “just happen”, it is a matter of learning by accident rather than intent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2002. , 101 p.
Master Thesis in Business Administration (Magisteruppsats från Internationella ekonomprogrammet), 2002:38
Business and economics, expatriates, knowledge management, Peter Gustavsson, Tetra Pak, SECI-process
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-1115DiVA: diva2:17597