Technology sourcing in multinational enterprises and the roles of subsidiaries: an empirical investigation

Manolopoulos, Dimitris, Papanastassiou, Marina and Pearce, Robert (2005) Technology sourcing in multinational enterprises and the roles of subsidiaries: an empirical investigation. International Business Review, 14 (3). pp. 249-267. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

This paper views the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) as a differentiated learning network with foreign subunits playing a critical role in managing knowledge. Drawing on a sample of 92 subsidiaries operating in Greece, it empirically tests the relationship between sources of technology
acquired and/or generated (internally or externally) and relates them to differently strategically motivated subsidiaries. Our findings record the existence of a multifaceted network of technology generation and transmission, which is differentiated among the different types of subsidiaries. In particular, results confirm the fact that larger and innovative subsidiaries have granted access to wider sources of technology. Moreover, evidence indicates that product mandates, as well as subsidiaries of a
more efficiency-seeking nature, are likely to be better embedded in the local environment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Multinational enterprises; subsidiaries; Greece
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International Business group
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 12157
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Depositing User: Marina Papanastasiou
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 06:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12157

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