Innovation characteristics, transfer management and headquarter involvement in the transfer of innovations between MNE subsidiaries
2008 (English)In: 50th AIB Annual Conference, Milano, Italy, June 30-July 3., 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper explores headquarter involvement in the transfer of innovations between subsidiaries in multinational enterprises (MNEs), i.e. intra-MNE innovation transfer. A model based on innovation types and characteristics as well as different relational modes employed by the sending and receiving subsidiaries is tested on a sample of 169 specific innovation transfer projects in 23 MNEs from Europe, Asia and the United States. The findings indicate that headquarters involves themselves in the innovation transfer when the innovation is perceived as important and complex, the type of innovation subject to transfer is of minor importance. Instead it is the characteristics of the innovation that is affecting headquarter involvement as well as how the subsidiaries decides to organize the transfer in terms of relational management, i.e. face-to-face meetings or non-personal interaction. The findings indicates how MNE subsidiaries should communicate with headquarters in order to gain their attention, thus having impact on MNE subsidiary strategy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
headquarters, subsidiaries, innovation transfer, multinationals
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17594DiVA: diva2:45365
Paper nominated for the Haynes Prize.2008-07-112008-07-112010-05-18