Do Parent Units Benefit from Reverse Knowledge Transfer?

17 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018

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Smitha R. Nair

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School

Mehmet Demirbag

University of Essex

Kamel Mellahi

The University of Warwick

Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai

Bradford School of Management

Date Written: July 2018

Abstract

Emerging market multinationals resort to knowledge acquisitions from their overseas subsidiaries to springboard and realize their global ambitions. Drawing from the knowledge‐based view and social capital perspective, this study explores the effects of organizational collaboration and tacitness on multiple dimensions of reverse knowledge transfer (RKT). Data were collected through a survey, from senior and middle level managers of parent Indian multinationals, pertaining to RKT from their overseas subsidiaries. The hypotheses are analysed using partial least squares modelling. The results demonstrate positive effects between the extent and benefits of RKT. Collaboration was found to have a positive influence on both dimensions of RKT. Tacitness also has a positive impact on the benefits from RKT. The implications of the findings and the limitations of the study are discussed along with suggestions for future research.

Suggested Citation

Nair, Smitha R. and Demirbag, Mehmet and Mellahi, Kamel and Pillai, Kishore Gopalakrishna, Do Parent Units Benefit from Reverse Knowledge Transfer? (July 2018). British Journal of Management, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 428-444, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3208423 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12234

Smitha R. Nair

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Norwich Business School

Norwich
NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Mehmet Demirbag (Contact Author)

University of Essex ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Kamel Mellahi

The University of Warwick ( email )

Gibbet Hill Rd.
Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

Kishore Gopalakrishna Pillai

Bradford School of Management ( email )

United Kingdom

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