Reverse knowledge transfer in emerging market multinationals: the Indian context

Smitha Nair, Mehmet Demirbag, Kamel Mellahi

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    Abstract

    This study examines knowledge acquisitions of Indian multinationals via overseas mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, the paper examines the effects of the perceived subsidiary capability, parent absorptive capacity, and the relevance of the target knowledge on reverse knowledge transfer. Using firm level data from a survey of Indian multinationals (with overseas acquisitions), we find that perceived subsidiary capability, knowledge relevance and absorptive capacity positively influence reverse knowledge transfer. The results also highlight the moderating role of knowledge relevance and the mediating effects of absorptive capacity.

    LanguageEnglish
    JournalInternational Business Review
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Mar 2015

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    Knowledge transfer
    Emerging market multinationals
    Absorptive capacity
    Subsidiaries
    Multinationals
    Knowledge acquisition
    Mediating effect
    Firm-level data
    Mergers and acquisitions

    Keywords

    • knowledge transfer
    • reverse knowledge transfer
    • multinationals

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    Reverse knowledge transfer in emerging market multinationals : the Indian context. / Nair, Smitha; Demirbag, Mehmet; Mellahi, Kamel.

    In: International Business Review, 09.03.2015.

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