Imperial College London

ProfessorPaolaCriscuolo

Business School

Professor of Innovation Management
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 1582p.criscuolo Website

 
 
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Location

 

275Business School BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Publications

Citation

BibTex format

@unpublished{Criscuolo:2005,
author = {Criscuolo, P and Narula, R},
title = {Using Multi-hub Structures for international R&D Organizational Inertia and the Challenges of Implementation},
year = {2005}
}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

TY  - UNPB
AB - Over the last decade or so, multinational enterprises (MNEs) have shifted from centralised hub structures to multi-hub structures. While these new structures provide greater potential for crossfertilization of technologies and access to location-specific competences, promoting effective knowledge transfer within an MNE – especially in their R&D activities - presents significant managerial challenges. Using evidence collected on the R&D activities of MNEs in the pharmaceutical sector, this paper analyses the challenges associated with complexities of promoting and integrating knowledge flows in the face of inter-unit geographical, organizational and technological distance. MNEs are faced with organizational inertia that hinders efficient lateral communication and inter-unit knowledge transfer, and the evidence suggests that while socialization mechanisms help overcoming some of these bottlenecks, there remain a number of obstacles in optimising knowledge flows in physically and technologically dispersed R&D facilities
AU - Criscuolo,P
AU - Narula,R
PY - 2005///
TI - Using Multi-hub Structures for international R&D Organizational Inertia and the Challenges of Implementation
ER -