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Title: Knowledge creation in the Chinese software sector : a comparative study of returnee and domestic firms
Author: Qin, Fei
ISNI:       0000 0004 5356 7211
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2014
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Through the lenses of organisational knowledge creation (OKC) theory, this research aims to explore the critical knowledge contribution of Chinese returnee entrepreneurs at two major stages of a firm’s development and to investigate the organisational differences between returnee software firms and their domestic counterparts in terms of the knowledge creation enablers at two core levels. Given the lack of prior theoretical and empirical research on this topic, the thesis adopts an inductive theory building approach with an emphasis of comparative, multiple case studies. The main source of data came from semi-structured interviews in two groups of firms: four returnee firms and four non-returnee firms. This research not only advances the returnee entrepreneurship study and the OKC theory, but also extends them to a novel and focussed research context with a new methodological angle. The research findings suggest that there are three distinct types of new knowledge that returnee entrepreneurs contribute to a firm’s early development. The growth stage highlights returnee entrepreneurs’ globalised knowledge networking and sourcing capabilities. Compared to their domestic counterparts, returnee firms are more adept in leveraging various external knowledge resources in both local and foreign contexts to address product and business imperatives. In addition, returnee firms dominate their domestic counterparts in the application of four project-level knowledge creation enablers. Returnee firms place more emphasis on ‘project intention and task specificity’, ‘redundancy in knowledge sets and information’ and ‘requisite variety’ whilst only the first two enablers are valued among domestic non-returnee firms. ‘Project autonomy’ is least valued in both two case groups. Finally, returnee firms dominate their domestic counterparts in the application of three corporate-level enablers. The two case groups share the similar best practice at providing ‘incentive systems’ whilst returnee firms put more emphasis on maintaining ‘care, trust and commitment’ and ‘means of expression available to employees’.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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