Transferring Subsidiary Knowledge to Global Headquarters: Subsidiary Senior Executives' Perceptions of the Role of HR Configurations in the Development of Knowledge Stocks

Human Resource Management, volume 48, issue 4, pp. 531-554, 2009

51 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2014

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Sachiko Yamao

University of Melbourne

Helen De Cieri

Independent

Kate Hutchings

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management

Date Written: April 17, 2009

Abstract

We examine the role played by subsidiaries’ human resource (HR) practices in the development of subsidiaries’ knowledge stocks (defined as human and social capital) and the association of such knowledge stocks with knowledge transfer from subsidiaries to headquarters in multinational corporations (MNCs). Drawing on a survey of 151 Australian subsidiary senior executives of U.S., German and Japanese MNCs, our findings suggest that the role of subsidiaries' HR practices lies in nurturing ties between a subsidiary and its external stakeholders and in accumulating knowledge of strategic importance not only for the subsidiary but also for its headquarters.

Keywords: Human resource management (HRM), human capital, social capital, knowledge stocks, knowledge transfer

Suggested Citation

Yamao, Sachiko and De Cieri, Helen and Hutchings, Kate, Transferring Subsidiary Knowledge to Global Headquarters: Subsidiary Senior Executives' Perceptions of the Role of HR Configurations in the Development of Knowledge Stocks (April 17, 2009). Human Resource Management, volume 48, issue 4, pp. 531-554, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401422

Sachiko Yamao (Contact Author)

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Helen De Cieri

Independent

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Kate Hutchings

Queensland University of Technology - School of Management ( email )

Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia
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