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Enterprise localization practices and their implication for knowledge management in foreign participation in the Chinese construction sector

Martek, Igor and Chen, Chuan 2015, Enterprise localization practices and their implication for knowledge management in foreign participation in the Chinese construction sector, Journal of management in engineering, vol. 31, no. 6, Article Number : 05014024, pp. 1-13.

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Title Enterprise localization practices and their implication for knowledge management in foreign participation in the Chinese construction sector
Author(s) Martek, Igor
Chen, Chuan
Journal name Journal of management in engineering
Volume number 31
Issue number 6
Season Article Number : 05014024
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Place of publication Reston, Va.
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 0742-597X
1943-5479
Keyword(s) Localization
Foreign enterprises
Construction industry
China
Strategy
Internationalization
Knowledge management
Summary Foreign firms active in the Chinese construction industry find themselves in a competitive environment unlike the environments in which they operate back home. Adaptations are therefore required in order that firms retain competitive leverage while integrating into the circumstances of the Chinese market. Since these firms primarily compete on superior knowledge capabilities it is instructive to understand how adaptations both serve to transfer propriety capabilities to China while adapting to the knowledge characteristics of the Chinese market into which those capabilities are transplanted. Five localizing parameters across which adaptations take place are identified in this paper and rates of localization are tabulated for 60 foreign firms active in the Chinese construction industry. Revealed localizing behaviors are then analyzed in the light of existing literature for explanatory power. It is concluded that in order to be strategically competitive firms must not only retain knowledge differentials, but that the knowledge must be coded and disseminated in a manner suited to the environment in which it is to be utilized.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, American Society of Civil Engineers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072254

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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