Explaining subsidiaries' knowledge-diffusion behaviours within MNEs
by Mei Hsiu-Ching Ho
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB), Vol. 2, No. 2, 2007

Abstract: This study explores how subsidiaries can contribute their advantages for the whole MNE in knowledge diffusion processes. The research model includes both organisational factors and local resources in a host country to explain subsidiaries' diffusion behaviours. We carried out an online survey for R&D managers in 15 European countries to collect data about subsidiaries' behaviours. Different multivariate methodologies were used to examine direct and indirect (moderating) effects of the three main factors on knowledge diffusion. Both subsidiaries' innovative characteristics and subsidiaries' network resources can encourage the diffusion behaviours directly. Finally, the linkages between headquarters (HQ) and the subsidiary (e.g., personnel rotation) have both direct and indirect influences on knowledge-diffusion behaviour. The results imply that HQ has to establish a suitable organisational atmosphere to encourage subsidiaries, while subsidiaries should accumulate specific innovativeness or capabilities, and play a brokerage role to share the accumulated knowledge with the whole MNE.

Online publication date: Fri, 19-Oct-2007

The full text of this article is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business (IJGSB):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:

    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email subs@inderscience.com