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Learning transfer in multinational companies: explaining inter-organisation variation

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dc.contributor.author McDonnell, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Gunnigle, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Lavelle, Jonathan
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-22T10:30:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-22T10:30:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5635
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This article addresses the extent to which multinational companies (MNCs) in Ireland deploy practices aimed at the transfer of learning in their operations and the factors explaining inter-organisation variation in so doing. Using data from 260 MNCs, we find that comparatively large numbers of firms deploy practices to transfer learning in their Irish operations. Most notably, we find that almost half of all MNCs have a formal policy on organisational learning, while more than six in every ten MNCs in Ireland utilise three or more learning transfer mechanisms. In investigating inter-organisation variation with respect to these, we test a number of hypotheses involving nationality, sectoral, MNC (e.g. organisation structure) and HR factors. Our results show that the presence of international HR structures is a significant factor in explaining learning transfer in MNCs. We also find support that employment size, sector and integration between the MNC's global operations are useful variables in explaining variation in the deployment of practices on learning transfer in MNCs.Contact: Anthony McDonnell, Centre for Institutional and Organisational Studies, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. Email: anthony.mcdonnell@newcastle.edu.au en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley and Sons en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Resource Mangement Journal;20 (1), 23-43
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00104.x
dc.rights The final definitive version of this paper has been published in Human Resource Management Journal 20 (1), pp. 23-43 available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00104.x en_US
dc.subject knowledge transfer en_US
dc.subject corporations en_US
dc.subject networks en_US
dc.subject MNES en_US
dc.title Learning transfer in multinational companies: explaining inter-organisation variation en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-03-22T10:22:34Z
dc.description.version Preprint
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00104.x
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1148076
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Human Resource Management Journal
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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