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Hospitable or Hostile? Knowledge Transfer into the Russian Host Environment 1
WithAdam Smale, Vesa Suutari
Pages 31

This chapter investigates the type of knowledge that is being transferred via expatriates to the Russian host context. It identifies which of the impediments to knowledge transfers are considered by expatriates to be significant obstacles in the Russian host environment. The chapter discusses the increasing strategic significance of knowledge and its effective transfer within a multinational network. It introduces theoretical foundations of the knowledge stickiness framework as well as the theoretical developments which have come to conceptualize expatriates as key organizational mechanisms of knowledge transfer. The Russian organizational context has been characterized as a knowledge sharing hostile environment whereby the behaviours of organizational members would appear to implicitly contradict attempts at facilitating knowledge transfers. The first of the relational stickiness factors that could affect cross-border knowledge transfers is the low level of commitment from the host subsidiary towards the goals of the parent.