The extraction of manufacturing capability: a case of a sophisticated transferee

Sapsed, Jonathan and Salter, Ammon (2008) The extraction of manufacturing capability: a case of a sophisticated transferee International Journal of Technology Management, 44 (3-4). pp. 391-405. ISSN 1741-5276

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Research on international transfer of manufacturing capability has traditionally focused on the viewpoint of the ‘transferor’, where the recipient is usually less sophisticated. The nature of knowledge in the transferor is identified as the core determinant of the ‘transferability’ of capability, ideally independent of the host context. In this paper we consider the problem from the viewpoint of the ‘transferee’; extracting the capability that it needs from a relatively passive transferor and feeding back knowledge in a mutual learning system. In such cases the ‘knowledge transfer’ metaphor breaks down. We illustrate this with a case study of a major US computer manufacturer transferring the capability of building its most complex server product to a European site. We discuss the implications of the case for the literature on knowledge transfer.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manufacturing capability; Knowledge transfer; International management; Mutual learning; Computer manufacturing; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1504/IJTM.2008.021046
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 14:16

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