MNC Knowledge Transfer, Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity, and HRM

Dana Minbaeva, Torben Pedersen, Ingmar Björkman, Carl F. Fey, Hyeon Jeong Park

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    Based on a sample of 169 subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs) operating in the USA, Russia, and Finland, this paper investigates the relationship between MNC subsidiary human resource management (HRM) practices, absorptive capacity, and knowledge transfer. First, we examine the relationship between the application of specific HRM practices and the level of the absorptive capacity. Second, we suggest that absorptive capacity should be conceptualized as being comprised of both employees' ability and motivation. Further, results indicate that both ability and motivation (absorptive capacity) are needed to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from other parts of the MNC.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of International Business Studies
    Issue number6
    Pages (from-to)586-599
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • Absorptive capacity
    • HRM
    • Knowledge transfer

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