Learning and knowledge transfer in China-Africa alliances: a social capital perspective

Ado, Abdoulkadre, Su, Zhan and Wanjiru, Roseline (2015) Learning and knowledge transfer in China-Africa alliances: a social capital perspective. In: Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Global Networks: Organizations and People. Academy of International Business.

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This study is conducted on 29 China-Africa alliances from twelve African countries and explores learning management by African partners and the transfer of knowledge from their Chinese counterparts. Based on six social capital knowledge transfer dimensions from three types of network, we analyze dimension applicability and relevance for Sino-African alliances. Using multiple case study method with semi-structured interviews, we found that African partners actively take advantage of multiple facilitating conditions to support learning. Theoretical application of the six social capital dimensions requires adjustment because of interaction dynamics. Strategic alliance network appeared to use or even mix the facilitating conditions from other networks, not necessary at the same level, to gain knowledge. This research provides insights to knowledge-seeking strategic alliances particularly in China-Africa context. Additionally, the paper juxtaposes social capital and organizational theory with empirical perspectives on learning strategies.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 14:57
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:49
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33651

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