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To be or not to be… – the question of subsidiary and headquarter involvement in MNE knowledge transfer
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2007 (English)In: 33rd EIBA Annual Conference, Catania, Italy, December 13-15, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Building on the concept of innovations as bearers of technological knowledge this paper provides insights into the understanding of knowledge transfer between MNE subsidiaries. The focus is not only on transmission of knowledge but more specifically on how well the transfer was performed. Knowledge transfer is framed as distinct projects, with the purpose of economizing on what is already known, taking place between a sending and a receiving subsidiary. Data from 169 innovation transfers between MNE subsidiaries is used to give support for the findings. Unit similarity, prior collaboration and cross-border transfer are found to affect transfer performance positively. A positive motivational disposition of the sending subsidiary is found to affect the transfer performance negatively. Headquarter involvement in the development and transfer process of innovations is shown to have an unrelated impact on transfer performance. Taken together, these findings suggests that structural aspects related to the subsidiaries engaged in knowledge transfer is more important than if headquarters are involved in the innovation transfer process.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13976DiVA: diva2:41746
Available from: 2008-02-06 Created: 2008-02-06

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