Identifying key factors affecting transnational knowledge transfer
SubjectsG500 Information Systems
transnational knowledge transfer
knowledge transfer factors
knowledge transfer project
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AbstractTo further understand Transnational Knowledge Transfer (TKT) in a not-for-profit context, the study explored, verified, and mapped out the key factors affecting TKT using a four-component framework in the context of publically funded knowledge transfer (KT) projects. The Delphi technique was used to explore, identify, and verify the relevant key factors; 24 major factors were identified in the first round and more than half of the experts agreed on the top 10 key factors in the second round. In addition, a number of new factors were identified and some findings that contradicted prior research were revealed. Findings can also help practitioners develop a more focused approach in dealing with the most significant factors (or bottlenecks) in KT.
CitationDuan, Y., Nie, W., Coakes, E. (2010) 'Identifying key factors affecting transnational knowledge transfer' Information & Management 47 (7-8):356
JournalInformation & Management
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