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Network Knowledge in International Business

Edited by Sarianna M. Lundan, Chair in International Management and Governance, University of Bremen, Germany
This book focuses on current cutting-edge research concerning the increasing strategic importance of subsidiary networks to the multinational firm. It combines contributions from three major related areas of inquiry: the changing theoretical conception of networks and the structure of the multinational firm, the importance of spillovers and agglomeration economies related to multinational investments, and the management of the flow of information and knowledge from headquarters to subsidiaries and vice versa.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 870 6
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
This book focuses on current cutting-edge research concerning the increasing strategic importance of subsidiary networks to the multinational firm. It combines contributions from three major related areas of inquiry: the changing theoretical conception of networks and the structure of the multinational firm, the importance of spillovers and agglomeration economies related to multinational investments, and the management of the flow of information and knowledge from headquarters to subsidiaries and vice versa.

The book approaches the network structure of the firm from the different perspectives of the expert international contributors, while also combining theoretical perspectives with recent empirical evidence.

Network Knowledge in International Business offers students in international business and strategy a cross-section of relevant research and current empirical evidence relating to knowledge management and the management of the modern multinational.
‘. . . this is a volume that will be welcomed by advanced international business students and scholars. It provides greater international access to a significant body of research dealing with networks with MNEs and the links to knowledge management.’
– John Stanton, Global Business and Economics Review

‘This scholarly volume contains a range of original and well documented insights into the changing organisational characteristics of MNEs, and particularly, the increasingly important role of foreign affiliates as knowledge augmenting and disseminating entities. A great deal of new empirical evidence – both at a country and firm level – is assembled and analysed, and several new areas of research are identified. Altogether, the monograph is an essential read for all international business scholars.’
– John Dunning, University of Reading, UK and Rutgers University, US

‘The material in this book is required reading for a broad audience of scholars in international business, organization, management and international economics. It covers a wide range of related subjects from
inter-firm networks, alliances, multinational enterprise strategies to knowledge creation and technology transfer. Network Knowledge in International Business not only provides an extremely interesting overview
of many contributions to the current work on networks, knowledge and international business strategies, it also influences the long-term research agenda of major topics in the international business literature.’
– John Hagedoorn, Maastricht University and MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Contributors: U. Andersson, G.R.G. Benito, R. Biscaya, I. Björkman, N.J. Foss, P. Furu, M. Giarratana, T. Karlsen, M. Kutschker, X. Lecocq, S.M. Lundan, J.A. Mathews, L. Miotti, P. Nevado, B.B. Nielsen, R.D. Pearce, T. Pedersen, F. Sachwald, S. Schmid, A. Schurig, P.R. Silseth, V.C. Simões, A.T. Tavares, S. Torrisi, D. Tsang, L.S. Welch, S. Yami
Contents

Preface

1 Introduction
Sarianna M. Lundan

2 From value chain to value networks: towards a new strategic model
Xavier Lecocq, Saïd Yami

3 Strategic knowledge management: a new research agenda
Bo Bernhard Nielsen

4 The MNC as a network: a closer look at intra-organizational flows
Stefan Schmid, Andreas Schurig, Michael Kutschker

5 On the dynamics and coexistence of multiple subsidiary roles: an investigation of multinational operations in the UK
Robert D. Pearce, Ana Teresa Tavares

6 Sources of subsidiary knowledge and knowledge transfer in MNCs
Nicolai J. Foss, Torben Pedersen

7 Subsidiary absorptive capacity, MNC headquarters’ control strategies and transfer of subsidiary competencies
Ulf Andersson, Ingmar Björkman, Patrick Furu

8 Subsidiary decision-making autonomy: competences, integration and local responsiveness
Vitor Corado Simões, Rita Biscaya, Pedro Nevado

9 Patterns of R&D co-operation by European firms: cost-economizing vs. technology-seeking
Luis Miotti, Frédérique Sachwald

10 Competence accumulation and collaborative ventures: evidence from the largest European electronics firms and implications for EU technological policies
Marco Giarratana, Salvatore Torrisi

11 Exploring inward-outward linkages in firms’ internationalization: a knowledge and network perspective
Lawrence S. Welch, Gabriel R.G. Benito, Pål R. Silseth, Tore Karlsen

12 Accelerated internationalization from the periphery
John A. Mathews

13 The corporate supplier network within the European personal computer industry
Denise Tsang

Index