From Static to Dynamic Use of Inter-Firm Objects and Its Impact on Innovation Performance

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Many different objects are used by companies to transfer knowledge to globally distributed subsidiaries. However, tapping into the local knowledge of subsidiaries and transforming this into innovation capabilities remains a challenge for many multinational companies. In this paper, we aim to discuss how different approaches to the use of inter-firm objects can affect companies’ abilities to obtain the subsidiaries’ knowledge and utilize it to different degrees of innovation performance. For this purpose, we adopted a multiple case study approach consisting of ten multinational companies located in Denmark.
Our findings show that companies use inter-firm objects to either control the flow of knowledge and subsidiaries’ operations i.e., the static use, or to create the circumstances favouring a collaborative relationship between headquarter and subsidiaries i.e., the dynamic use. This paper provides a discussion and perspectives of further research concerning the impact of the different use of inter- firm objects on innovation performance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge Management Studies
ISSN1743-8268
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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Innovation
Industry
Innovation performance
Subsidiaries
Multinational companies

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