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Today larger companies over the world face organizational challenges involving both a globalized work environment and the collaboration within a culturally diverse work force Recent research shows that successful MNCs seek out meld and leverage knowledge and learning practices on a global basis moving from one-directional transfer strategies to multi-directional and highly reciprocal modes of learning and innovation Doz Santos and Williamson 2003 Thus affecting both knowledge transfersharing Argote and Ingram 2000 and knowledge creationintegration Okhuysen Eisenhardt 2002 As part of the MNCs globalization strategies the practice of managing collaboration and facilitating knowledge transfer and creation in an always changing context are productive tools During the latest decades cross cultural research has been concerned with how the employees management of collaboration and movement between places and cultures could be facilitated Blasco Egholm Feldt and Jacobsen 2012 In international business research IB different strategies to ease and develop the single employees capacities of almost chameleon ability have been investigated Earley Peterson 2004 ranging from culture-switchers Oswald 2005 to culture intelligence CQ Early Ang 2003Thomas 2009 This research has generated selection procedures and training programs to motivate and cultivate the ability to behave appropriately in cross-cultural settings The motivation is commonly explained in terms of identity formation and personality structures Early Ang 2003 Earley Mosakowski 2004 Earley Peterson 2004 Ng Earley 2006 While the single individuals management of personality identity and the others in cross-cultural settings has been central to these studies the institutional frames of the cross-cultural setting have been given little attention This paper will claim the need to examine how power relations inherent in institutional frameworks influence the single individuals practices of identity production The findings of this study show that it plays a significant role for how expatriates re-create their identity and belongingness in order to achieve collaboration and knowledge transfersharing in cross cultural settings The expatriates have been a central target group both in practice
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