Inter-firm knowledge transfer in international supply chain management

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi Meyer, Geesche Anna 2011-11-14T11:23:11Z 2011-11-14T11:23:11Z 2009
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY The primary objective of this thesis is to assess whether, both in theory and practice, knowledge transfer can be implemented into the supply chain management context, and more practically, whether collaborative supply chain management practices can be utilized to effectuate inter-firm knowledge transfer between intermediaries in a supply chain. A secondary objective is to investigate whether knowledge transfer between autonomous companies is sought after and beneficial to firms. Emphasis is laid on the international aspect of both knowledge transfer and supply chain management. METHODOLOGY The study builds on an extensive literature review and a qualitative empirical investigation. In the literature review the two concepts of knowledge transfer and supply chain management are first presented separately and then consolidated. The literature review also includes the discussion of a theoretical model addressing the secondary research objective. For the empirical research a broad online survey has been chosen as research instrument, providing both quantitative and qualitative data. The survey has been sent to more than 200 supply chain management professionals yielding 20 extensive sets of answers. FINDINGS Both the theoretical and empirical parts of this study have shown that inter-firm knowledge transfer is sought after and can be beneficial to all intermediaries in the supply chain. As its main contribution, the study proposes a selection of several concrete tools for effectuating knowledge transfer. The results of the empirical investigation suggest that the supply chain management context is an appropriate environment for sharing various types of knowledge as well as for knowledge transfer with different supply chain partners and in different directions. However, there seems to be a slight tendency towards operational knowledge and reciprocal knowledge transfer with key suppliers. Survey respondents seem to have a proactive and optimistic approach towards managing international relations. The findings serve as a foundation for further research, especially related to the actual effectiveness of suggested practices. en
dc.format.extent 131
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Inter-firm knowledge transfer in international supply chain management en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Economics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing and Management en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin ja johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword knowledge transfer
dc.subject.keyword supply chain management
dc.subject.keyword inter-firm collaboration
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201111151117
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major International Business en
dc.programme.major Kansainvälinen liiketoiminta fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt
dc.subject.helecon international companies
dc.subject.helecon logistiikka
dc.subject.helecon logistics
dc.subject.helecon tietämyksenhallinta
dc.subject.helecon knowledge management
dc.subject.helecon yritysviestintä
dc.subject.helecon business communication
dc.subject.helecon yhteistyö
dc.subject.helecon cooperation
dc.ethesisid 12073 2009-05-22
dc.location P1 I

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