Learning and knowledge transfer in China-Africa alliances: a social capital perspective

Abdoulkadre Ado, Zhan Su, Roseline Wanjiru

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Abstract

This study is conducted on 29 China-Africa alliances from twelve African countries and explores learning management by African partners and the transfer of knowledge from their Chinese counterparts. Based on six social capital knowledge transfer dimensions from three types of network, we analyze dimension applicability and relevance for Sino-African alliances. Using multiple case study method with semi-structured interviews, we found that African partners actively take advantage of multiple facilitating conditions to support learning. Theoretical application of the six social capital dimensions requires adjustment because of interaction dynamics. Strategic alliance network appeared to use or even mix the facilitating conditions from other networks, not necessary at the same level, to gain knowledge. This research provides insights to knowledge-seeking strategic alliances particularly in China-Africa context. Additionally, the paper juxtaposes social capital and organizational theory with empirical perspectives on learning strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Networks: Organizations and People
EditorsRam Mudambi, Tunga Kiyak
Publisher Academy of International Business
Pages78
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2015
Event57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business: Global Networks: Organizations and People - Bengaluru
Duration: 27 Jun 201530 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business
CityBengaluru
Period27/06/1530/06/15

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