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Transferring knowledge in MNCs: The role of sources of subsidiary knowledge and organizational context

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  • Foss, Nicolai J.
  • Pedersen, Torben

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We link up with the recent literature on the differentiated MNC and in particular 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. These are tested on a unique dataset on knowledge development in subsidiary firms [the Centre of Excellence (CoE) project].

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Volume (Year): 8 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 49-67

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Keywords: Sources of knowledge Subsidiary knowledge Transfer of knowledge;

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