Stop the Knowledge Flow: Knowledge Protection Intensity of MNC Subsidiaries

Pedro de Faria, Wolfgang Sofka, Edlira Shehu

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    International knowledge spillovers, especially through multinational companies (MNCs), have recently been a major topic of academic and management debate. However, most studies treat MNC subsidiaries as relatively passive actors. We challenge this assumption by investigating the drivers of knowledge protection intensity of MNC subsidiaries. We argue that knowledge protection intensity is determined by MNC subsidiary mandates and by opportunities and risks originating from the host region. We hypothesize that not just competence-creating but also competence-exploiting mandates increase knowledge protection intensity. In addition, technological cluster regions in the host country can be expected to provide opportunities for knowledge sourcing and MNC subsidiaries may be willing to protect knowledge less intensively to participate in cluster networks. We test our hypotheses using a dataset of 694 observations of 631 MNC subsidiaries in Germany and develop recommendations for research, managers and policy makers.
    Antal sider35
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014: The Power of Words - Philadelphia, USA
    Varighed: 1 aug. 20145 aug. 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 74


    KonferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014

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    • Knowledge protection
    • Multinational Companies
    • Patenting


    de Faria, P., Sofka, W., & Shehu, E. (2014). Stop the Knowledge Flow: Knowledge Protection Intensity of MNC Subsidiaries. Paper præsenteret på The Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014, Philadelphia, USA.