Building R&D capabilities abroad and the role of reverse knowledge transfer in explaining MNCs’ productivity

Ben Hamida, Lamia (Haute école de gestion Arc, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale)

Although MNCs are increasingly globalizing their R&D, we have an incomplete and inconsistent understanding of whether, and under what conditions, the knowledge accumulated from foreign R&D centers can improve the productivity of the parent firm. We address this issue by examining the factors that influence the extent to which reverse knowledge transfer (RKT) enhances the productivity of the MNC at home. Our contribution lies in showing that the productivity benefits of RKT depend on the idiosyncratic characteristics of MNCs’ parent and R&D affiliates. We show that RKT has a stronger effect on the productivity of the parent MNC when foreign R&D units are charged with a knowledge seeking role. These effects further increase when R&D affiliates are well embedded in host countries. Surprisingly, the productivity enhancing effects of RKT do not differ across acquired and greenfield affiliates.


Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEG Arc
Institute:
Institut du Management et des Systèmes d'Information
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Publisher:
Pennsylvania, IGI Global
Date:
Pennsylvania
IGI Global
2016
Pagination:
pp. 219-235
Published in:
Handbook of Research on Comparative Economic Development Perspectives on Europe and the MENA Region
Series Statement:
Advances in Finance, Accounting, and Economics
DOI:
ISBN:
9781466695481
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