Why and how does shared language affect subsidiary knowledge inflows? A social identity perspective

Reiche, Sebastian and Harzing, Anne-Wil and Pudelko, Markus (2015) Why and how does shared language affect subsidiary knowledge inflows? A social identity perspective. Journal of International Business Studies . ISSN 0047-2506

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Abstract

We draw on social identity theory to conceptualize a moderated mediation model that examines the relationship between shared language among subsidiary and HQ managers, and subsidiaries’ knowledge inflows from HQ.

Specifically, we study (1) whether this relationship is mediated by the extent to which subsidiary managers share HQ goals and vision, and the extent to which HR decisions are centralized; and (2) whether subsidiary type moderates these mediated relationships. Building on a sample of 817 subsidiaries in nine countries/regions, we find support for our model. Implications for research on HQ-subsidiary knowledge flows, social identity theory and international HRM are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International and Cross-cultural Management group
Item ID: 15457
Notes on copyright: Paper is now published as gold open access. Have added published version.
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Depositing User: Anne-Wil Harzing
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 13:51
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 15:49
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15457

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