Knowledge transfer in collaborations between foreign and indigenous firms in the Nigerian oil industry: the role of partners’ motivational characteristics

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Okonkwo, O. 2018. Knowledge transfer in collaborations between foreign and indigenous firms in the Nigerian oil industry: the role of partners’ motivational characteristics. Thunderbird: International Business Review. 61 (2), pp. 183-196. https://doi.org/10.1002/tie.22012
AuthorsOkonkwo, O.
Abstract

Previous empirical studies on determinants of inter-firm knowledge transfer have been largely focused on knowledge transfer between symmetrical partners, where there are relatively similar levels of knowledge sophistication and complementary knowledge transfer motives. Determinants of knowledge transfer between partners in asymmetric “market-exploitation” alliances, where there are large differences in capabilities, and in motives, of the collaborating partners, have been understudied.

This paper presents a qualitative case-study-research of knowledge transfer in such collaborations in the Nigerian oil industry. Four cases of inter-firm collaborative arrangements between foreign and local indigenous firms in the industry were studied and analysed.

Based on the results of the case-study research, this paper highlights the dominant role of partners’ motivational characteristics, as against, their cognitive characteristics in knowledge transfer process of asymmetric market-exploitation alliances. It develops set of theoretical propositions to expand understanding of the key determinants of learning/knowledge transfer.

Year2018
JournalThunderbird: International Business Review
Journal citation61 (2), pp. 183-196
PublisherWiley
ISSN1096-4762
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/tie.22012
Publication dates
Online12 Jul 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Jun 2018
Accepted12 Jun 2018
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
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