Working Paper Series, Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
Dana Minbaeva, Torben Pedersen, Ingmar Bjoerkman, Carl F. Fey and H.J. Park
MNC Knowledge Transfer, Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity and HRM
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 of ability and motivation (absorptive capacity) significantly
facilitate transfer of knowledge from other parts of the MNC.
Keywords: Multinational corporations; USA; Russia; China; Knowledge transfer; HRM practices; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, December 5, 2001
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