The emerging transnational dimension of organisational and individual identity: transnational technical communities as economic actors
by Ravi Madhavan; Akie Iriyama
International Journal of Business Environment (IJBE), Vol. 4, No. 4, 2011

Abstract: An important feature of globalisation is the formation of 'transnational technical communities', groups of immigrants active in both home and host country technical networks. Viewed through the lens of identity, such communities demonstrate the intriguing interpenetration of individual identities and organisational identity. Further, building on the insight that such communities may be emerging as economic actors in their own right, we conceptualise them as a new type of knowledge conduit between nations. As such, their emergence has important implications for multinational corporations (MNCs), which have hitherto been viewed as the primary knowledge conduit between nations, suggesting the need for MNC managers to pay attention to the evolving identities of their own enterprises.

Online publication date: Sat, 27-Sep-2014

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