Working Paper Series, Department of Industrial Economics & Strategy, Copenhagen Business School
Nicolai J. Foss and Torben Pedersen
Transferring Knowledge in MNCs: The Role of Sources of Subsidiary Knowledge and Organizational Context.
Abstract: We link up with the recent literature on the
differentiated MNC with its stress on intra-MNC knowledge flows. However,
rather than focusing on the characteristics of knowledge as determinants of
knowledge transfer within MNCs, we focus instead on levels of knowledge in
subsidiaries, the sources of transferable subsidiary knowledge, and on the
organizational means and conditions that realize knowledge transfer as the
relevant determinants. We find largely positive support for the relevant
hypotheses which are tested on a unique dataset on knowledge development in
subsidiary firms (the Centre of Excellence-project).
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