The micro-processes during repatriate knowledge transfer: the repatriates’ perspective

Anne Burmeister, Jürgen Deller, Joyce Osland, Betina Szkudlarek, Gary Oddou, Roger Blakeney
  • Journal of Knowledge Management, July 2015, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/jkm-01-2015-0011

How does the repatriate kowledge transfer process unfold?

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to add a process perspective to the literature on repatriate knowledge transfer and to understand how the knowledge transfer process unfolds in the repatriation context. Thus, this qualitative study employs existing knowledge transfer process models to assess their applicability to the context of repatriation and explain the micro-processes during repatriate knowledge transfer. By micro-processes we mean the knowledge transfer-related knowledge transfer-related activities of repatriates, recipients, and supervisors as well as their interaction during four transfer phases: assessment, initiation, execution, and evaluation.

Why is it important?

This is the first study that takes a process perspective to understand repatriate knowledge transfer. The integration of the current findings with the existing literature can enable a more nuanced view on repatriate knowledge transfer.

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