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Networks of organisational learning and adaptation in retail TNCs

Currah, Andrew and Wrigley, Neil (2004) Networks of organisational learning and adaptation in retail TNCs Global Networks, 4, (1), pp. 1-23. (doi:10.1111/j.1471-0374.2004.00078.x).

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In this article we contribute to a growing body of literature concerned with the socio-cultural dynamics of learning and adaptation inside firms. Specifically, we apply a ‘competence-based’ view of the firm to a newly emerging breed of retail-industry transnational corporations (TNCs).
We situate these firms within the context of ‘relational networks’ and then consider – from a geographical perspective – the complex interplay between ‘extra-firm’ networks and ‘intra-firm’ networks, and between store-based learning and organizational adaptation. We argue that the competitiveness of the retail TNC increasingly rests upon its ability to adapt the portfolio of retail formats to different and rapidly changing business environments by mobilizing and blending knowledge from multiple locations. This, it is suggested, is leading to the emergence of a ‘reflexive’ or ‘hybridized’ model of retail globalization.

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Published date: January 2004
Keywords: retail, firm, networks, corporations


Local EPrints ID: 15541
ISSN: 1470-2266
PURE UUID: c9432d07-69a9-4f3d-9e40-06d628e5df60
ORCID for Neil Wrigley: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 21 Apr 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:48

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