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Research Handbook on Knowledge Transfer and International Business

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Research Handbook on Knowledge Transfer and International Business

9781788976107 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Zaheer Khan, Professor in Strategy and International Business, Business School, University of Aberdeen, UK, Smitha R. Nair, Professor of Strategy and International Business, Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, India and Yong Kyu Lew, Professor of International Business, HUFS Business School, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 610 7 Extent: 256 pp
This comprehensive and engaging Research Handbook provides a full examination of the modes and mechanisms of international knowledge transfer. Furthermore, it also provides in-depth insights into international knowledge transfer related challenges faced by multinational enterprises (MNEs).

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This comprehensive and engaging Research Handbook provides a full examination of the modes and mechanisms of international knowledge transfer. Furthermore, it also provides in-depth insights into international knowledge transfer related challenges faced by multinational enterprises (MNEs).
 
Chapters written by well-respected contributors provide extensive insights into the economic, technological, social, cultural and organizational aspects of knowledge transfer in international business and management. They also highlight the contextual influences imposed by the industrial sectors and countries that MNEs are associated with. Organised into three thematic parts, this Research Handbook provides interesting and important directions for future research within each chapter giving readers an opportunity to pursue these in greater depth.
 
This timely Research Handbook will be an invaluable resource for scholars and researchers of international business and knowledge management. The practical case studies will provide a greater understanding of the topic and its challenges for managers of MNEs.
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‘This book addresses the all important topic of international knowledge transfer, which is especially salient in the era of globalization and digital platforms. Novel technologies are giving new impetus to knowledge transfer. The volume addresses contemporary firms in the knowledge economy, and offers a truly global perspective from a cadre of recognized scholars from around the world.’
– Gary Knight, Willamette University, US

‘Now more than ever, success in the global economy requires in depth understanding of cross-border knowledge transfer, including the skills and competencies that make a successful transfer possible. This Handbook is an invaluable guide for the scholars and practitioners who stand in the frontline of this challenge.’
–Oded Shenkar, The Ohio State University, US

‘Khan, Nair and Lew manage to bring together a captivating set of contributions on knowledge transfer in the international business context. The Research Handbook is nicely organised around strategic dimensions, societal and human resource dimensions and finishes off with chapters on subsidiary knowledge creation and development. This book offers a systematic and contemporary account of the state of art knowledge on knowledge transfer.’
– Rudolf R. Sinkovics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand and LUT University, Finland

‘Cross border knowledge transfer is becoming vital for firms to develop competitive advantage. This Research Handbook on Knowledge Transfer and International Business provides a comprehensive account of cross-border knowledge transfer modes and mechanisms and the role of multinational enterprises in the transfer of knowledge. This book is an essential reading for researchers in knowledge transfer and competitive advantage.’
– Pervez Ghauri, University of Birmingham, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Ahmad Arslan, Deborah Callaghan, Nigel Driffield, Ismail Gölgeci, Lamia Ben Hamida, Shuna Shu Ham Ho, Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen, Zaheer Khan, Minnie Kontkanen, Olli Kuivalainen, Jae Eun Lee, Jong Min Lee, Tiina Leposky, Yong Kyu Lew, James H. Love, Stefano Menghinello, Smitha R. Nair, Chang Hoon Oh, Jan-Tore Øian, Byung Il Park, Matti Saari, Mayumi Tabata, Heini Vanninen, Jerra Veeger, Michelle K. Westermann-Behaylo, Jie Wu 
Contents
Contents:
List of contributors vii
Introduction to Research Handbook on Knowledge Transfer and International Business xiii

PART I STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVE OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
1. Intra-firm trade, embeddedness and international knowledge transfer in
the multinational enterprise 2
Nigel Driffield, James H. Love and Stefano Menghinello
2. Knowledge transfer and absorptive capacity in the context of a small
multinational enterprise: a systematic study of the nexus of relationships 26
Jan-Tore Øian, Olli Kuivalainen and Heini Vanninen
3. Reverse knowledge transfer in multinational companies: evidence from
Swiss manufacturing industry 48
Lamia Ben Hamida
4. Intellectual property institutions and innovation of emerging
multinational companies 62
Jie Wu

PART II SOCIETAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE PERSPECTIVE OF
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
5. Social media as a knowledge transfer tool for intellectual capital
accumulation during the international growth of small firms 84
Matti Saari, Minnie Kontkanen, Ahmad Arslan and Pia Hurmelinna-Laukkanen
6. Knowledge exchange within multi-stakeholder initiatives: tackling the
Sustainable Development Goals 108
Jerra Veeger and Michelle Westermann-Behaylo
7. Global talent mobility and knowledge diffusion: the role of staffing
agencies in the growth of East Asian high-tech multinational corporations 136
Mayumi Tabata

PART III SUBSIDIARY KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT
8. Technological overlap and cultural distance in MNCs’ location choice
of technological clusters in China 159
Shuna Shu Ham Ho and Chang Hoon Oh
9. Building ambidextrous capabilities in foreign subsidiaries: evidence
from Korean multinationals 177
Jae Eun Lee, Byung Il Park and Yong Kyu Lew
10. Utilization of subsidiary knowledge in multinational enterprises:
revisiting the SECI model 195
Jong Min Lee
11. Absorptive capacity, value creation and new service development
in multinational enterprises: the role of knowledge flows between
customers, subsidiaries and headquarters 210
Tiina Leposky, Ahmad Arslan, Ismail Gölgeci and Deborah Callaghan

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