The impact of distance on knowledge transfer effectiveness in multinational corporations

Item Type Journal paper

This paper aims to shed light on the interplay of knowledge transfer mechanisms and distance within the MNC. While it is largely undisputed that cross-boarder knowledge flows contribute to the firm's success, our knowledge on the effects of specific transfer mechanisms is scarce. We examine the impact of different dimensions of distance to test the applicability of personal coordination mechanisms (PCM) and technology-based coordination mechanisms (TCM) in situations of differentiation and dispersion. Data on 324 knowledge transfer relationships of MNC units was used to test our hypotheses. While TCM function relatively context-free, we find that PCM are moderated by distance. Our results support moderating effects of geographic, cultural and linguistic distance, which are vital to our understanding of knowledge transfer effectiveness in MNCs.

Authors Ambos, Tina C. & Ambos, Björn
Journal or Publication Title Journal of International Management
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date March 2009
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication New York, NY
Volume 15
Number 1
Page Range 1-14
Number of Pages 14
ISSN 1075-4253
ISSN-Digital 1873-0620
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.intman.2008.02.002
Depositing User Anja Schuster
Date Deposited 21 Nov 2012 22:21
Last Modified 26 Sep 2016 15:05


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Ambos, Tina C. & Ambos, Björn (2009) The impact of distance on knowledge transfer effectiveness in multinational corporations. Journal of International Management, 15 (1). 1-14. ISSN 1075-4253

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