Does knowledge sharing pay? A multinational subsidiary perspective on knowledge outflows

Volker Mahnke, Torben Pedersen, Markus Venzin

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Abstract

This empirical study explores knowledge outflows from MNE subsidiaries and its impact on subsidiary performance. We develop hypotheses derived from literature on MNE knowledge flows integrated with an organizational economics perspective on knowledge-creating MNE subsidiaries. The hypotheses are tested using a simultaneous equation model applied to a unique data set encompassing a German MNE, HeidelbergCement. Enablers and impediments of knowledge outflows are assessed to explain why subsidiary managers share their knowledge with other MNE units. Our findings suggest that knowledge outflows increase a subsidiary's performance only up to a certain point and that too much knowledge sharing is detrimental to the contributing subsidiary's performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-149
Number of pages26
JournalAdvances in International Management
Volume22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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