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Title: Knowledge lost in translation: the role of knowledge brokers in knowledge transfer


Author: Alexandre Perrin


Address: Edhec Business School, 24 Avenue Gustave Delory, 59057 Roubaix Cedex 1, France


Abstract: In this paper, we propose to interpret the circulation of knowledge in organisations as a process of translation: knowledge is not only transferred between two entities but transformed during that process. We examine a case of knowledge transfer in a multinational company. The absence of a 'neutral translator' inside the network of actors creates conflicts of meanings between the sender and the receiver of knowledge. The examination of the chain of transformation helps us to analyse the role of brokers during this process.


Keywords: knowledge translation; knowledge management; knowledge brokers; knowledge transfer; multinational corporations; MNCs.


DOI: 10.1504/IJITM.2013.054888


Int. J. of Information Technology and Management, 2013 Vol.12, No.3/4, pp.214 - 225


Date of acceptance: 10 Sep 2012
Available online: 11 Jun 2013



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