Globalisation of corporate knowledge formation: enabling proximity through organisational coordination mechanisms
(English)In: Industry and Innovation, ISSN 1366-2716, E-ISSN 1469-8390Article in journal (Refereed) In press
This paper connects to a stream of literature that emphasises the importance of effective utilization of dispersed knowledge in the MNC organisation. It also connects to the recent developments of the proximity concept, primarily driven by economic geographers. The paper seeks to contribute further to our understanding of the relationship between proximity and the management of corporate knowledge formation. In particular, the intention is to review the organisational coordination mechanisms and their potential to create additional dimensions of proximity than the geographical proximity that comes with co-location of corporate activities. From both theory and empirical studies it can be concluded that proximity matters, also in long-distance relationships. However, the findings in this study disagree with the strong focus on (permanent) geographical proximity. Drawing on the experiences of distributed R&D from a case study of a Swedish-based multinational company, the paper points to the role of coordination mechanisms as an important tool to create other dimensions of proximity in the distributed organisation.
knowledge formation, proximity, coordination mechanisms
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10927OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10927DiVA: diva2:232315
QC 201007152009-08-212009-08-212010-07-16Bibliographically approved