The extraction of manufacturing capability: a case of sophisticated transferee
Source: International Journal of Technology Management, Volume 44, Numbers 3-4, October 2008 , pp. 391-405(15)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Research on international transfer of manufacturing capability has traditionally focused on the viewpoint of the 'transferor', where the recipient is usually less sophisticated. The nature of knowledge in the transferor is identified as the core determinant of the 'transferability' of capability, ideally independent of the host context. In this paper we consider the problem from the viewpoint of the 'transferee'; extracting the capability that it needs from a relatively passive transferor and feeding back knowledge in a mutual learning system. In such cases the 'knowledge transfer' metaphor breaks down. We illustrate this with a case study of a major US computer manufacturer transferring the capability of building its most complex server product to a European site. We discuss the implications of the case for the literature on knowledge transfer.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: CENTRIM, University of Brighton, The Freeman Centre, (University of Sussex Campus), Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QE, UK. 2: Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ, UK
Publication date: October 1, 2008