Knowledge transfer into a developing country: HRM practice in an Iranian hotel chain

Pajouh, Maryam Shademan and Blenkinsopp, John (2012) Knowledge transfer into a developing country: HRM practice in an Iranian hotel chain. European Journal of International Management, 6 (3). pp. 283-299. ISSN 1751-6757

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Abstract

This paper outlines the findings of a longitudinal study of knowledge transfer processes within a hotel chain in Iran. The company was of interest because it had adopted a deliberate strategy of bringing in new management ideas from other countries. We focused on their adoption of new HRM practices. Key findings were that cultural and religious factors influenced their choices of which countries to adopt as models for their practice, the relative lack of translation of the chosen practices, difficulties in transferring practices from HQ to the hotels in the chain and the important influence of culture on the transfer process. These findings suggest that the biggest barrier to knowledge transfer was the organisation's absorptive capacity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 15:33
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 15:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28328

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