Corporate Language and Implications for Organizational Learning

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    Abstract

    This paper explores empirically implications of language use for MNCs’ learning from subsidiaries. Drawing on sociolinguistic literature, the article argues that while employing a single corporate language facilitates quick and direct communication of explicit knowledge, such a language design is insufficient to leverage contextually specific and culturally embedded knowledge. This indicates the need for disentangling language and culture. The paper further argues for the need to go beyond national language to consider how prevailing kinds of corporate talk may curb headquarters potential for learning from cultural and contextual diversity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2013
    EditorsLeslie Toombs
    Place of PublicationBriar Cliff Manor, NY
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication date2013
    Article number10650
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013: Capitalism in Question - Lake Bueno Vista (Orlando), FL, United States
    Duration: 9 Aug 201313 Aug 2013
    Conference number: 73
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2013
    Number73
    CountryUnited States
    CityLake Bueno Vista (Orlando), FL
    Period09/08/201313/08/2013
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings
    Volume2013
    ISSN2151-6561

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    Zølner, M. (2013). Corporate Language and Implications for Organizational Learning. In L. Toombs (Ed.), Academy of Management Proceedings 2013 [10650] Academy of Management. Academy of Management Proceedings, Vol.. 2013