Developing the local competence of expatriate managers for emerging markets: A knowledge-based approach

Li, Shenxue; Scullion, Hugh
April 2010
Journal of World Business;Apr2010, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p190
Academic Journal
Abstract: This paper proposes a theoretical framework for developing expatriate managers� local competence in emerging markets from a knowledge-based perspective. We argue that local knowledge in emerging markets differs significantly from corporate knowledge transferred to those markets, and that its very nature determines its critical importance to expatriate managers� business performance. We explore the processes and mechanisms through which local knowledge can be acquired and integrated into expatriate managers� knowledge base supporting local talent development and their effective strategic decision-making. We suggest that conventional local competence development strategies may not be effective methods for developing global managers for emerging markets.


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