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The Changing Nature of Expatriation: The Emerging Role of Knowledge Transfer Readiness

Authors
  • Prihadyanti, Dian1
  • Sari, Karlina1
  • Hidayat, Dudi1
  • Laili, Nur1
  • Triyono, Budi1
  • Laksani, Chichi Shintia1
  • 1 Indonesian Institute of Sciences,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Knowledge Economy
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 25, 2021
Pages
1–46
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s13132-021-00777-y
PMCID: PMC7993070
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

Expatriate is one of the potential sources of knowledge for firms to increase their capability in creating innovation. Currently, Indonesia has a relatively small number of expatriates but the figure tends to increase overtime. This country has experienced a changing nature of expatriation that brings consequences to several conditions for the achievement of successful knowledge transfer (KT) from expatriates to local employee in Indonesian local firms. This paper proposes a new concept namely Knowledge Transfer Readiness (KTR) which is beneficial in helping the firms to deal with the changing nature. Combining grounded research and multiple case studies to apply this concept to the Indonesian local firms, it is argued that not all of the elements in KTR’s dimensions must be fulfilled in excellent conditions. Weak elements from the source’s side can be surmounted by fulfilling excellent condition of recipient’s side, and vice versa. Nevertheless, there are elements that must be fulfilled in excellent condition of both sides, or becomes absolute requirements solely for the expatriates. The fulfillment of KTR’s elements influences the relationship qualities between expatriates and local employees to achieve Knowledge Transfer Quality (KTQ). The KTQ includes the amount and the accuracy of knowledge and depth of understanding, so it can be a new option of qualitative indicator to measure the success of KT.

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