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Bringing Knowledge back home: A multiple case study on how Swedish MNCs handle repatriation and knowledge transfer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine how Swedish-based MNCs handle their repatriation process with a focus on knowledge transfer upon return. Moreover, the study reviewed whether a global mindset is present or not in the companies and if it is associated with how repatriates’ knowledge is utilized. The study was conducted through interviews with seven repatriates and six HR managers in six different MNCs. The findings show a lack of awareness about what the repatriates have learnt during their assignments, and that there are no routines in place for capturing the knowledge upon return. Also, it identifies a gap between the companies’ and the repatriates’ views about the goals of the assignment and the value of the overall international experience. Finally, the study suggests various improvements for companies on how to better utilize their resources and enhance their global mindset in order to create a sustainable competitive advantage.

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2012.
Keyword [en]
Repatriation, knowledge transfer, global mindset, MNC, international assignment
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176133DiVA: diva2:534350
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Business Studies
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-18 Created: 2012-06-16 Last updated: 2012-06-18Bibliographically approved

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