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Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions


  • Henrik Bresman

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Julian Birkinshaw

    (London Business School)

  • Robert Nobel

    (Stockholm School of Economics)


This paper reports on a multi-method study of knowledge transfer in international acquisitions. Using questionnaire data we show that the transfer of technological know-how is facilitated by communication, visits & meetings, and by time elapsed since acquisition, while the transfer of patents is associated with the articulability of the knowledge, the size of the acquired unit, and the recency of the acquisition. Using case study data, we show that the immediate post-acquisition period is characterized by imposed one-way transfers of knowledge from the acquirer to the acquired, but over time this gives way to high-quality reciprocal knowledge transfer.© 1999 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1999) 30, 439–462

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  • Henrik Bresman & Julian Birkinshaw & Robert Nobel, 1999. "Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 30(3), pages 439-462, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:jintbs:v:30:y:1999:i:3:p:439-462

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