Research Seminar “Cognition over geography? Creating shared cognitive ground for expertise sharing in MNCs"

2018-06-07 16:09:56

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Dear students, faculty and staff,

Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Business invites you to Research Seminar “Cognition over geography? Creating shared cognitive ground for expertise sharing in MNCs” by Tuuli Hakkarainen, PhD Candidate in International Business at the Department of Management Studies in Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland.

WHEN: Friday, May 4, 12:30 – 13:30

WHERE: Block C3 (GSB/GSPP Building), 3rd floor, Room 3037

ABSTRACT: To date, research on expertise sharing in multinational corporations (MNCs) has mainly focused on fixed units, teams and stable collaboration settings. However, experts work in different locations, positions and teams, and interact with each other in flexible and fluid ways. This, in turn, requires different and complimentary but also conflicting set of cognitive tools, rules and patterns of sharing expertise. The success or failure of these collaboration situations constitute as an important micro-foundation of strategically central knowledge work, but which to date remain understudied in current literature. Accordingly, this study examines the process of sharing expertise MNCs. For the empirical analysis, the authors conduct 75 in-depth interviews in four MNCs and adopt an innovative qualitatively-dominant multi-method research approach. The authors find that experts from different functional backgrounds adopt three distinct types of strategies – Comprehending, Contributing and Consolidating – aimed at creating shared cognitive ground. In addition, they find that the (1) mode of interaction and (2) expertise serve as a powerful platform for collaboration spanning both geographical and cognitive boundaries.

SPEAKER: Tuuli Hakkarainen is a PhD Candidate in International Business at the Department of Management Studies in Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, Finland. She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Aalto University School of Business and has completed additional studies in psychology. Tuuli’s research interests lie in the area of international management and her dissertation focuses on expert work in multinational corporations. More particularly, she studies how individuals in different expert positions communicate and share their expertise across geographical and cognitive boundaries in their interpersonal interactions. Tuuli has presented at international conferences and completed research visits abroad as part of her dissertation work. Prior to academia, Tuuli worked in the banking and education sectors.