Learning from the failures of others: The effects of post-exit knowledge spillovers on recipient firms

  title={Learning from the failures of others: The effects of post-exit knowledge spillovers on recipient firms},
  author={Joseph Amankwah‐Amoah},
  journal={Journal of Workplace Learning},
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of post‐exit knowledge diffusion created by departed firms on recipienfirms.Design/methodology/approach – This is an inductive and exploratory study which tries to understand questions of how and why. The research used a qualitative interview methodology and data analysis using within and cross‐case analysis.Findings – Analysis of the data revealed that recipient firms' strategic directions and organizational design are fundamentally… Expand

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