Knowledge management of emerging economy multinationals

Shasha Zhao, Xiaohui Liu, Ulf Andersson, Oded Shenkar

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Knowledge is critical to the survival of emerging economy multinationals (EMNEs), who are confronted by a lack of internal competitive capabilities and external challenges associated with diverse institutional environments. They thus must manage and orchestrate their knowledge globally for ultimate catch up. This article systematically reviews literature concerning EMNE knowledge management using content analysis of 93 articles in 17 leading journals across 7 major disciplines from 2000 to 2020. Applying the antecedent-process-outcome (APO) framework, we identify three major themes: knowledge-seeking strategy, knowledge transfer and innovation. We discuss knowledge frontier issues, directions for future scholarship, and avenues for greater interdisciplinary cross-fertilization.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101255
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number1
Early online date3 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The second author would like to acknowledge funding support from the Natural Science Foundation of China under grant numbers: 71832012 , 72091310 and 72091314 .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Elsevier Inc.


  • Content analysis
  • Emerging economy multinational
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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