Reverse knowledge transfer in emerging market multinational enterprises: a study of Indian multinationals

Mehmet Demirbag, Smitha Nair, Kamel Mellahi

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    The dynamic internationalisation patterns exhibited by multinationals from Emerging Markets have been widely discussed especially in terms of their catching up strategies and how they leverage knowledge in the global arena. In this context, the paper attempts to study the Indian multinationals to understand their knowledge acquisitions from overseas mergers and acquisitions.
    Specifically, the effects of the perceived subsidiary capability and the relevance of the target knowledge on the process of reverse knowledge transfer have been
    examined. The role of organisational characteristics like absorptive capacity and the technical knowledge infrastructure in aiding reverse knowledge transfer have also been highlighted. Following a survey of Indian multinationals with overseas acquisitions, we find that perceived subsidiary capability and absorptive capacity
    positively influences reverse knowledge transfer. The results also highlight the moderating role of knowledge relevance on the effects of the above dete
    rminants on reverse knowledge transfer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
    EventAcademy of International Business Annual Meeting - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 23 Jun 201426 Jun 2014


    ConferenceAcademy of International Business Annual Meeting


    • reverse knowledge transfer
    • emerging market
    • multinational enterprises
    • indian multinationals


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