The Role of National Cultures in Foreign Subsidiaries' Practices Applied to Support Knowledge Flow within MNCs

Joanna Purgał-Popiela
2015 Journal of Intercultural Management  
The main goal of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of intercultural aspects affecting cross-border knowledge flow in MNCs by recognizing similarities and differences pertaining to the practices supporting such flow in 200 Polish-based subsidiaries grouped into clusters according to 'national' origin of parent-company2. Analyses of data collected in 2014 encompassed descriptive statistics, and in-pair comparisons. Significant differences were identified by a Kruskall-Wallis
more » ... st, Chi- Square Test, and a UMW test. Results suggest that such a flow was supported mainly by discussions via ICT and access to databases. Significant differences between clusters were found for usage of e-learning programs, e-mentoring/e-coaching, virtual teams, and HRM practices.
doi:10.1515/joim-2015-0028 fatcat:ntlw5dl67rfsbpkvb5rnuwj6ky