The Dual Role of Subsidiary Autonomy in Intra-MNC Knowledge Transfer

Peder Veng Søberg, Brian Vejrum Wæhrens

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    Purpose: The purpose of this chapter is to explore the effect of subsidiary autonomy on intra MNC knowledge transfers in relation to captive R&D offshoring to emerging markets.
    Design/methodology/approach: A framework to this end is outlined and illustrated in relation to four cases of captive R&D offshoring to emerging markets.
    Findings: Subsidiary autonomy has a mainly negative effect on primary knowledge transfer, and a mainly positive effect on reverse knowledge transfer.
    Newly established R&D subsidiaries in emerging markets need primary
    knowledge transfer in order to build up their competence before they can add to the knowledge level of the MNC. Gradual increase in R&D subsidiary autonomy is thereby beneficial for subsidiary innovation performance.
    Originality/value: The term beneficial primary knowledge transfer is coined.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date27 Oct 2011
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2011
    EventOrganizational Design Perspectives on Offshoring - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 27 Oct 201128 Oct 2011


    ConferenceOrganizational Design Perspectives on Offshoring

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