CROSS-CULTURAL PERCEPTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE SHARING IN HETEROGENEOUS COLLABORATIONS

Jose Alvidrez Villegas, Benjamin Niedergassel, Steffen Kanzler, Jens Leker

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Abstract

This qualitative study investigates different perceptions of knowledge sharing in a cross-cultural research collaboration between German and Chinese scientists. Special emphasis is placed on the in-group and out-group orientation of partners, different communication styles and personal and organizational influence factors. Data was obtained by conducting six focus groups in Germany and China. All ideas expressed in these focus groups were categorized and thoroughly evaluated. Our analysis reveals that the in- and out-group orientation of collectivistic and individualistic cultures might not be as pronounced as theory would suggest. In fact, members of the more collectivistic Chinese culture even showed a higher out-group orientation than members of the more individualistic German culture in our study. The resulting theoretical and practical implications for managing cross-cultural collaboration projects are discussed in detail in the paper
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-592
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation Management
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • R&D
  • international collaboration
  • cross-cultural
  • China
  • Germany
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Communication Barriers

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  • Knut Holt Award

    Alvidrez, Salvador (Recipient), Steffen Kanzler (Recipient), Benjamin Niedergassel (Recipient) & Jens Leker (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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