uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Competence-creating overlaps and subsidiary technological evolution in the multinational corporation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2011 (English)In: Research Policy, ISSN 0048-7333, E-ISSN 1873-7625, Vol. 40, no 5, 673-686 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores overlapping competence-creating activities within the boundaries of the multinational corporation by investigating how foreign greenfield subsidiaries’ technological evolution is affected by the addition of an acquired unit in the same location. Drawing upon the complete U.S. patenting activity by subsidiaries of 21 Swedish multinationals over the 1893-1990 period, we use repeated event history analysis to test a set of hypotheses concerned with the effect of this competence-creating overlap. Findings include an initial retrogressive effect on greenfield subsidiaries’ technological evolution as a result of competence-creating overlaps, which, over time diminishes to become positive after more than a decade of overlap exposure. Thus, we add to the theory of subsidiary evolution by expanding the view of the archetypal subsidiary that has so far been constrained to evolve without operational overlaps.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 40, no 5, 673-686 p.
Keyword [en]
Multinational corporation, subsidiary evolution, internationalization of technology and R&D
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147688DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2011.02.002ISI: 000291518000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147688DiVA: diva2:400695
Available from: 2011-02-28 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2011-06-28Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Kappen, Philip
By organisation
Department of Business Studies
In the same journal
Research Policy
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 330 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link