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The Multinational Corporation and the global sourcing of knowledge: Remodeling absorptive capacity

  • Constantina Kottaridi
  • Marina Papanastassiou
  • Christos Pitelis
  • Dimitrios Thomakos

We build on extant theory of the MNC, MNC subsidiaries, absorptive capacity and Penrose’s concept of ‘productive opportunity’ to develop a framework on the MNC and absorptive capacity (AC) that allows us to explore the role of subsidiaries in the global sourcing of knowledge. We develop and test hypotheses using primary questionnaire-collected data. Our results support the idea that subsidiaries’ realized AC can be improved by the realized and potential AC of the MNC group and the subsidiary and in turn may improve the performance of the subsidiaries and the group as a whole.

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Paper provided by University of Peloponnese, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 008.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:uop:wpaper:008
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