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title = "'Learning' or 'coercive' firms: Foreign investment, restructuring transforming economies, and the case of ABB in Poland",
abstract = "Literature on the learning firm in the context of the knowledge economy predicts that benefits will be derived from local clustering, and that there will be more consensual and enriching work within firms. This article critically examines the concept of the learning firm in the context of foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland in particular. It examines the way in which firms access knowledge both through external networks and internal reorganisation. The case study of Asea Brown Boveri's (ABB) brownfield investment in Poland is used to interrogate the notion of learning in the context of crossing national boundaries. The conclusion drawn from the literature and the case study is that tacit knowledge elicited from localities is strategic and selective. Learning through internal restructuring is much more to do with coercion from internal competition than consensual relations within the firms",
author = "Jane Hardy",
year = "2007",
doi = "10.1504/IJMCP.2007.015002",
language = "English",
volume = "2",
pages = "277--297",
journal = "International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy",
issn = "1478-1484",
number = "3",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - 'Learning' or 'coercive' firms

T2 - Foreign investment, restructuring transforming economies, and the case of ABB in Poland

AU - Hardy, Jane

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - Literature on the learning firm in the context of the knowledge economy predicts that benefits will be derived from local clustering, and that there will be more consensual and enriching work within firms. This article critically examines the concept of the learning firm in the context of foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland in particular. It examines the way in which firms access knowledge both through external networks and internal reorganisation. The case study of Asea Brown Boveri's (ABB) brownfield investment in Poland is used to interrogate the notion of learning in the context of crossing national boundaries. The conclusion drawn from the literature and the case study is that tacit knowledge elicited from localities is strategic and selective. Learning through internal restructuring is much more to do with coercion from internal competition than consensual relations within the firms

AB - Literature on the learning firm in the context of the knowledge economy predicts that benefits will be derived from local clustering, and that there will be more consensual and enriching work within firms. This article critically examines the concept of the learning firm in the context of foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland in particular. It examines the way in which firms access knowledge both through external networks and internal reorganisation. The case study of Asea Brown Boveri's (ABB) brownfield investment in Poland is used to interrogate the notion of learning in the context of crossing national boundaries. The conclusion drawn from the literature and the case study is that tacit knowledge elicited from localities is strategic and selective. Learning through internal restructuring is much more to do with coercion from internal competition than consensual relations within the firms

U2 - 10.1504/IJMCP.2007.015002

DO - 10.1504/IJMCP.2007.015002

M3 - Article

VL - 2

SP - 277

EP - 297

JO - International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy

JF - International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy

SN - 1478-1484

IS - 3

ER -