The MNC Knowledge Transfer, Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity and HRM

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

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    Abstract

    Based on a sample of 169 subsidiaries of MNCs operating in USA, Russia, and China, this paper investigates the relationship between MNC subsidiary HRM practices, absorptive capacity and knowledge transfer. The paper makes two key contributions. First, the paper examines the relationship between the application of specific HRM practices and the level of the absorptive capacity. Second, the paper suggests that absorptive capacity should be conceptualized as being comprised of two dimensions—ability and motivation. Further, results indicate that the interaction ofability and motivation (absorptive capacity) significantly facilitate transfer of knowledge from other parts of the MNC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherDepartment of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
    Number of pages30
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2001
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
    Number14-2001

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    Minbaeva, D., Pedersen, T., Björkman, I., Fey, C., & Park, H. J. (2001). The MNC Knowledge Transfer, Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity and HRM. Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School. Working Paper / Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, No. 14-2001