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An exploration of multinational enterprise knowledge resources and foreign subsidiary performance

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  • Fang, Yulin
  • Wade, Michael
  • Delios, Andrew
  • Beamish, Paul W.
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    Successful international expansion requires that parent firms simultaneously transfer multiple MNE knowledge resources and their foreign subsidiaries effectively absorb and utilize the knowledge. In this study, we examine the relationships between multiple knowledge resources (technological and marketing knowledge), the relatedness between parents and foreign subsidiaries, and subsidiary performance. Relatedness is specifically linked to the type of knowledge being transferred from the parent (i.e., technological relatedness versus market relatedness). We hypothesize that subsidiary performance improves with (1) the integration of a parent firm's technological and marketing knowledge resources, (2) high technological (market) relatedness between a parent firm and subsidiaries for transfer of parent technological (market) knowledge and (3) the co-presence of high technological and market relatedness. We find general support in our analysis of pooled cross-sectional data on more than 4000 observations of foreign subsidiaries from 572 Japanese MNEs across 47 countries. Theoretical implications and future research are discussed.

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    Volume (Year): 48 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 30-38

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    Keywords: Knowledge transfer; International diversification; Synergy; Subsidiary performance; Foreign direct investment; Japanese firms;

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