Learning from Foreign Subsidiaries: An Empirical Investigation of Headquarters' Benefits from Reverse Knowledge Transfers

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Within MNCs, the traditional role of headquarters as prime source of knowledge and competencies is changing. Increasingly, headquarters act as a receiver of knowledge from their internationally dispersed subsidiaries. But what drives the benefits headquarters can gain from such reverse knowledge transfers? Drawing on an empirical sample of 294 intra-MNC knowledge transfers, we identify the key variables impacting on headquarters' ability to benefit from reverse knowledge transfer. Taken collectively, our findings indicate that the efficiency of the MNC as a knowledge integrating institution is being driven by changes in both, the subsidiary's context and its capabilities to process knowledge. We discuss the implications of our analysis on the emerging knowledge based theory of the firm, draw out inferences for the strategic agenda of MNCs and suggest avenues for future research.

Authors Ambos, Tina C.; Ambos, Björn & Schlegelmilch, Bodo
Journal or Publication Title International Business Review
Language German
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 1 June 2006
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Volume 15
Number 3
Page Range 294-312
Number of Pages 19
ISSN 0969-5931
ISSN-Digital 1873-6149
Publisher DOI 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2006.01.002
Depositing User Anja Schuster
Date Deposited 21 Nov 2012 22:32
Last Modified 26 Sep 2016 15:07
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/218078

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Ambos, Tina C.; Ambos, Björn & Schlegelmilch, Bodo (2006) Learning from Foreign Subsidiaries: An Empirical Investigation of Headquarters' Benefits from Reverse Knowledge Transfers. International Business Review, 15 (3). 294-312. ISSN 0969-5931

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