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Technology Transfer to Foreign Affiliates by Multinational Enterprises Technology Transfer to Foreign Affiliates by Multinational Enterprises
Abstract: This paper examines whether Swedish multinational
enterprises transfer R&D-generated knowledge to their foreign affiliates.
The empirical results suggest that such technology transfer takes place
from parent companies to affiliates, especially in the case of newly
established affiliates. In process industries, R&D undertaken in the
affiliates seems to facilitate the transfer from the parent, highlighting
the role of "receiver competence." The findings also support the view that
technology is "embodied" in intermediary goods deliveries from parents to
foreign affiliates. Embodied transfer appears to be more important to
affiliates located in developing countries.
Keywords: Technology Transfer; Multinationals; Foreign Affiliates; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F23; O32; (follow links to similar papers)
25 pages, April 1996
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