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Enabler 5

Georg Von Krogh, Kazuo Ichijo and Ikujiro Nonaka

in Enabling Knowledge Creation

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195126167
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848720 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126167.003.0009
Enabler 5

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Several midsize and large firms have made themselves multinational and have continued to globalize their companies' operations because doing so can result in a cost advantage over competitors, and a differentiation advantage in terms of gaining innovative ideas and other such valuable information, extending an organization's focus toward continuously growing foreign markets, and gaining access to effective R&D facilities that promote the utilization of technological advances, new expert ideas, and product concepts. While other companies may have other motives for venturing into globalization, such as acquiring a foreign partner and searching for potential managerial talent, a company's tasks can be distributed by means of a parallel buildup and through a system of operations throughout other geographic, socio-political, and cultural areas.

Keywords: globalization; differentiation advantage; innovative ideas; foreign markets; R&D facilities; parallel buildup

Chapter.  12990 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Knowledge Management

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