Title: Researching and writing about tacit knowledge: some observations on a case-based book on an elusive phenomenon

Authors: Nigel J. Holden, Martin Glisby

Addresses: Institute of International Business, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1, 2HE, UK

Abstract: A professor and practitioner join forces to examine the nature of tacit knowledge in cross-cultural interactions, discussing the outcome with reference to their forthcoming book with case studies on Danish, Japanese and Chinese companies. Their starting point of is that tacit knowledge, which is both elusive, yet context-specific, is crossed-culturally created at all manner of interfaces, and acts a as a subliminal influence on relationships, whilst language and cultural factors |shape| this knowledge. It is argued that firms which have astute understandings of cross-culturally generated knowledge as a valuable resource gain in what the author|s term |knowledge advantage.|

Keywords: knowledge management; tacit knowledge; knowledge advantage; network knowledge creation; context; cross-cultural communication.

DOI: 10.1504/EJCCM.2010.037639

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2010 Vol.1 No.4, pp.303 - 314

Published online: 20 Dec 2010 *

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