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UNPACKING INTERUNIT KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IN MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. BI Norwegian Business Sch, Dept Strategy & Logist, Oslo, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4425-9367
Rutgers State Univ, Sch Business, Dept Management & Global Business, Newark, USA.
Temple Univ, Fox Sch Business, Dept Strateg Management, Philadelphia, USA.
Skanska AB, Corp Finance, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: GLOBAL STRATEGY JOURNAL, ISSN 2042-5791, Vol. 5, no 3, 241-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examine the success of knowledge transfer within an MNE network by unpacking aggregate knowledge flows into individual projects. We assess knowledge transfer performance along two dimensions: utilization of transferred knowledge and transfer cost. We argue that the substitutive versus complementary nature of subunits' activities is a key determinant of knowledge utilization at the target subunit. Further, we posit that headquarters' incentives and monitoring are crucial factors affecting both the utilization and transfer cost dimensions. Our empirical results, based on 141 individual intersubunit knowledge transfer projects involving 49 subunits in 12 European countries largely support our arguments. Our methodology highlights the fact that aggregate measures of interunit knowledge flows can be misleading since they may include individual projects with widely differing levels of success. Copyright (C) 2015 Strategic Management Society.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 3, 241-255 p.
Keyword [en]
knowledge transfer, cooperation, competition, subsidiaries, structure, activities
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-28738DOI: 10.1002/gsj.1100ISI: 000358081400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84942246322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-28738DiVA: diva2:847922
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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