Moderating Effects of MNCs’ Size in the Relationship between Knowledge Characteristics and Degree of Inter-Firm Technology Transfer in International Joint Ventures

American Journal of Scientific Research, No. 6, pp. 23-38, 2009

16 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2011

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Sazali Abdul Wahab

National Defence University of Malaysia

Haslinda Abdullah

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jegak Uli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Raduan Che Rose

University Putra Malaysia

Date Written: October 25, 2011

Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to empirically examine the moderating effect of size of MNCs on the relationships between knowledge characteristics: tacitness, complexity and specificity and two distinct dimensions of degrees of technology transfer: degrees of tacit and explicit knowledge in inter-firm technology transfer within IJVs. Using the moderated multiple regression, the theoretical models and hypotheses in this study were tested based on empirical data gathered from 128 joint venture companies registered with the Registrar of Companies of Malaysia (ROC). The results revealed that size of MNCs has significantly affected the relationships between knowledge characteristics (tacitness, complexity and specificity) and both degrees of tacit and explicit knowledge; where the relationships were found stronger for medium/small MNCs than large MNCs. The study has bridged the literature gaps in such that it offers empirical evidence on the moderating effect of size of MNCs on the relationships between knowledge characteristics and two distinct degrees of technology transfer: degrees of tacit and explicit knowledge using the Malaysian sample.

Suggested Citation

Abdul Wahab, Sazali and Abdullah, Haslinda and Uli, Jegak and Rose, Raduan Che, Moderating Effects of MNCs’ Size in the Relationship between Knowledge Characteristics and Degree of Inter-Firm Technology Transfer in International Joint Ventures (October 25, 2011). American Journal of Scientific Research, No. 6, pp. 23-38, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949183

Sazali Abdul Wahab (Contact Author)

National Defence University of Malaysia ( email )

Kem Sungai Besi
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 57000
Malaysia

Haslinda Abdullah

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Jegak Uli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Raduan Che Rose

University Putra Malaysia ( email )

43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor
Serdang, Selangor 43400
Malaysia

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