Cross-cultural perceptions on knowledge sharing in heterogeneous collaborations

Benjamin Niedergassel*, Steffen Kanzler, Salvador Alvidrez, Jens Leker

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This qualitative study investigates different perceptions of knowledge sharing in a cross- cultural research collaboration between German and Chinese scientists. Special emphasis is placed on the in-group and out-group orientation of partners, different communication styles and personal and organizational influence factors. Data was obtained by conducting six focus groups in Germany and China. All ideas expressed in these focus groups were categorized and thoroughly evaluated. Our analysis reveals that the in- and out-group orientation of collectivistic and individualistic cultures might not be as pronounced as theory would suggest. In fact, members of the more collectivistic Chinese culture even showed a higher out-group orientation than members of the more individualistic German culture in our study. The resulting theoretical and practical implications for managing cross-cultural collaboration projects are discussed in detail in the paper.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número de artículo3
Páginas (desde-hasta)563-592
Número de páginas30
PublicaciónInternational Journal of Innovation Management
EstadoPublished - 1 jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gestión internacional y de empresa
  • Estrategia y gestión
  • Gestión tecnológica y de innovación


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