People management and innovation in emerging market multinationals: A competency-based framework

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Moeller, M., Maley, J., Harvey, M., & Dabic, M. . (2016). People management and innovation in emerging market multinationals: : A competency-based framework. Journal of Management Development, 35(4), 530-548.

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Purpose - As the internationalization process dictates the existence of cross-country networks it is essential to explore avenues that allow emerging market multinationals (EMNCs) to share and receive knowledge that can benefit them locally and globally. The purpose of this paper is to explore this conundrum by addressing the significance of creating a global mindset in individuals and across the multinational corporation. In the paper the authors articulate the mechanisms that influence global managers’ abilities to engage effectively with other global managers across borders.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a conceptual and theoretical piece.

Findings – The authors argued that global managers engage in reciprocal learning processes to obtain new, innovative knowledge about other countries’ environments and business practices. The authors furthermore suggest that the effectiveness of new knowledge creation is dependent upon the appropriate input, throughput, and output competencies of those involved in the reciprocal learning process.

Originality/value – Proper people management plays a crucial role in fostering an environment where employees’ commitment will lead to organizational innovation. Propositions foreshadowing in the new, innovative knowledge creation process across cultural and personal levels are articulated.

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