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    Knowledge creation and sharing and the integration-responsiveness framework: the role of functional subunits of the MNC

    Tolentino, Paz Estrella and Janne, Odile and Chen, P.-C. (2013) Knowledge creation and sharing and the integration-responsiveness framework: the role of functional subunits of the MNC. In: Bridging the Divide: Linking IB to Complementary Disciplines and Practice, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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    We theoretically and empirically examine the role of functional subunits in knowledge creation and sharing in the differentiated multinational company (MNC). Specifically, we look at the extent to which functional subunits acquire knowledge from their host country environment which they then share with other parts of the MNC network. Inspired by the influential integration-responsiveness framework in strategic management, we posit a model to show how the strategy dimensions of functional subunits (i.e. integration and responsiveness) act in a complementary way to determine their knowledge creation and sharing capacities. We test this empirically using data from close to 100 functional activities of 16 American wholly owned subsidiaries in Taiwan’s IT industry. The results confirm our theoretical proposition while exerting significant implications for our research topic more generally as well as for the theoretical approach we adopted. First, knowledge creation and sharing in a differentiated MNC emanate from all functional activities and all national subsidiaries and not just in specific functions or in subsidiaries with particular mandates or strategy type. Secondly, it is necessary to consider both demand-side and supply-side factors and to assess their relative importance in the knowledge creation and sharing of MNC units and subunits.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 09:17
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:12


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