Title: Strategic planning in subsidiaries of multinationals in China: an empirical analysis of intra-organisational knowledge transfer
Authors: Tilmann Hemminger; Claudia Doblinger; Michael Dowling
Addresses: Management of Innovation and Technology, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany ' Management of Innovation and Technology, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany ' Management of Innovation and Technology, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany
Abstract: This paper examines the transfer of a particular kind of knowledge: strategic planning competencies in subsidiaries of multinational companies (MNCs) in China. We develop an integrative research model on the facilitators of intra-organisational knowledge transfer between the MNC parent and their subsidiaries. To test our hypotheses, we draw on data from a survey among managers of German MNCs in China, using PLS structural equation modelling. Our findings suggest that the willingness to acquire strategic planning knowledge, measured as the proven value of knowledge, is the most important enabler of strategic planning competencies at local subsidiaries, followed by the management support of the MNC parent as indicator of the MNCs capacity to transfer strategic planning knowledge, as well as the relationship between the MNC parent and the subsidiary. Finally, our findings support the importance of decentralised strategic planning for the Chinese subsidiaries' performance.
Keywords: strategic planning competencies; knowledge transfer; China; multinational corporations; MNCs; structural equation modelling; SEM; MNC subsidiaries; China; Germany; decentralised planning.
International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2015 Vol.6 No.2, pp.151 - 174
Accepted: 23 Jul 2015
Published online: 17 Sep 2015 *