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Interlocking directorates and the knowledge transfer of supermarket retail techniques from North America to Britain

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This paper considers the importance of interlocking directorates in knowledge transfer within the retail sector. In doing so it provides a discussion of the types of knowledge and more especially the importance of tacit knowledge. Such ideas are set against a more detailed review of the changing perspectives on the role of interlocking directorships. These discussions serve as a conceptual framework to a major case study of knowledge transfer between North America and British food retailers in terms of the innovation of self-service and the development of supermarkets in post-war Britain.

Keywords: Knowledge; interlocking directorships; supermarkets; transfer

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Centre for Business History, Department of Management, University of Exeter, UK 2: School of Management, University of Surrey, UK

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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