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The good, the bad, and the ugly: technology transfer competence, rent-seeking, and bargaining power
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2012 (English)In: Journal of world business (Print), ISSN 1090-9516, E-ISSN 1878-5573, Vol. 47, no 4, 664-674 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we explore the relationships between subsidiary technology transfer competence, bargaining power and rent-seeking. In the multinational corporation, technology transfer competence is generally perceived as something desirable. We connect this bright side of subsidiary-level processes to a potentially uglier and darker side of the organization, namely that subsidiaries gain bargaining power that is exercised for bad ends, i.e., rent-seeking. Using an empirical analysis that comprises intrafirm technology transfers, this paper finds that technology transfer competence leads to greater subsidiary bargaining power that in turn increases rent-seeking behavior; but this competence does not directly affect rent-seeking. We suggest that bargaining power offers a key explanation for rent-seeking. This paper advances the understanding of subsidiary sources of power within the multinational corporation and the organizational determinants of rent-seeking, which is relevant to theory development as well as to managers.

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2012. Vol. 47, no 4, 664-674 p.
Keyword [en]
Bargaining power, Competition and cooperation, Multinational corporation, Rent-seeking, Technology transfer
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156643DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2011.08.002ISI: 000310121800018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156643DiVA: diva2:432714
Available from: 2011-08-05 Created: 2011-08-05 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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