Cultures Practices and knowledge
There is an inter-organizational knowledge that today flows with speed and volume and that companies will not materialize automatically. Therefore it is necessary to develop skills for the use or exploitation of sources outside the company.
This is called the absorptive capacity, i.e. the ability to assimilate and replicate innovative new knowledge from external sources.
When the dynamics of a firm is based on routine becomes difficult to absorb new knowledge and new technologies, which incidentally always go together. Absorption capacity and scale of information from the outside also always go together.
The effectiveness of the absorption of knowledge resides in individual’s ability to generate, gather, organize and apply new knowledge. These skills result from a person’s ability to develop relationships and translate ideas across borders.
This absorption of knowledge across national and ethnic cultures is an important aspect of management of innovation and success, as the international growth is felt in business.
But what skills are employees of a company to have an absorption cross- cultural knowledge?
Consider some of the most significant:
Valuing different cultures – It is necessary to understand the complexity of cultural norms and how they can contribute to new knowledge.
Building relationships within the host culture – The absorption of success requires creating the possibility of creating new knowledge. The new knowledge usually comes with a contact and then you need to create new experiences, it is necessary to “give face “.
Listen and observe – This means that it takes a careful observation of the host culture and practices as well as the supports. All this requires patience.
Dealing with ambiguity – You must be comfortable with ambiguity.
Translate complex ideas – For the absorption of knowledge is essential to master the local language and its meaning. The good result of absorption lies in the questions but we must go deep into the language of the host.
Knowing how to act – The way you act in a crisis determines the successful absorption of knowledge.
Managing others – This power translates into the ability to manage internal and external conflicts of organizations and maintain healthy relationships between employees of both parties.
The absorption of knowledge also carries other implications:
It is necessary to instill values as determinants of behavior.
You need to provide education and training as well as “educating on the “etiquette”.
It is necessary programming to effect the absorption of knowledge.
Communications networks bring a critical step in planning the building of skills and efforts to absorb knowledge.