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Lunchseminarium: Hybridization under Surveillance - Intra-firm Knowledge Transfer at Reuters India

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Lunchseminarium på Gothenburg Research Institute. Ta med lunch och lyssna på en forskningspresentation. Det finns möjlighet att värma lunch i anslutning till seminariet.

Through applying the concept of hybridity (Homi Bhabha, 1994) from postcolonial studies, the aim of this paper is to explore the nature and contour of hybridization during the process of knowledge transfer that is highly monitored at the subsidiary unit. To pursue this purpose, we undertake an empirical study of knowledge transfer at Thompson Reuters involving its two subsidiaries located in India (Mumbai and Bangalore).

Through applying the concept of hybridity (Homi Bhabha, 1994) from postcolonial studies, the aim of this paper is to explore the nature and contour of hybridization during the process of knowledge transfer that is highly monitored at the subsidiary unit. To pursue this purpose, we undertake an empirical study of knowledge transfer at Thompson Reuters involving its two subsidiaries located in India (Mumbai and Bangalore).

Critical scholars increasingly understand modern MNCs as international hierarchies consisting of dominant and subordinate groups (e.g., Clegg et al., 2018; Boussebaa et al., 2014), hierarchies that build on as well as perpetuate asymmetrical, historically determined, power relations between nations (Sharpe & Mir, 2009; Frenkel, 2008; Mir et al., 2008; Zeitlin & Herrigel, 2000). In such hierarchies, the dominant - or core - MNC units generally constitute headquarters and other units located in Western economies, while subordinate - or peripheral - MNC units are situated in emerging and developing economies (Frenkel, 2008; Boussebaa et al., 2012, 2014; Boussebaa, 2015). Bhabha¿s (1994) notions of hybridity have been promoted as a fitting lens to understand knowledge transfer involving core and periphery MNC units (Shimmoni, 2006; Frenkel, 2008), particularly given its emphasis on continuities of historical patterns of subjugation and current day resistance. Unlike more general approaches that see hybridity simply as an intermixing of practices from culturally distinct contexts (e.g., Boyer, 1998, Djelic, 1998), Bhabha (1994, 1996) privileges the performative agency of the dominated subject in a "process of translating and transvaluing cultural differences" (1994:252), positing hybridity as a subversive strategy ¿ an "in-between" emerging in resistance against the imposed culture, the distortion by the dominated of the language of authority. As MNCs increasingly strive to universalize their "best practices" (Pudelko & Harzing, 2007) for scale and scope economies and product and service uniformity (Barrett et al., 2005; Segal-Horn & Dean, 2009), processes of knowledge transfer become highly monitored, circumscribing the hybridizing actions of those at peripheral units. By adding the condition of surveillance( Shimmoni , 2011), we may more fully explore the nature of power in the core-periphery hierarchy and its hegemonic discourse on hybridization - in what forms surveillance invokes hybridity through formal and informal forms of resistance while simultaneously denying it viability; what hybridity obscures and what it exposes; how the nexus between hybridity and hegemony consolidates.

Föreläsare: Zehra Sayed, forskare vid Gothenburg Research Institute

Datum: 2018-11-27

Tid: 12:15 - 13:00

Kategorier: Ekonomi/juridik

Arrangör: Gothenburg Research Institute

Plats: Gothenburg Research Institute Rum 326, plan 3, Viktoriagatan 13, Göteborg'

Sista anmälningsdag: 2018-11-27 kl. 12:00.

Avgift: Gratis

Kontaktperson: Henric Karlsson

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