The Role of Headquarters
Edited by Ulf Andersson and Ulf Holm
Ulf Andersson, Peter Ekman and Cecilia Erixon
Ulf Andersson, Ingmar Björkman and Patrick Furu
In the Right Place at the Right Time!: The Influence of Knowledge Governance Tools on Knowledge Transfer and Utilization in MNEs
Networked Multinational Enterprises in the Modern Global Economy
Ulf Andersson, Peter J. Buckley and Henrik Dellestrand
This article examines the utilization of knowledge transferred between sending and receiving subsidiaries within multinational enterprises. A model was developed and tested on 169 specific knowledge transfer projects. The model explains the utilization of knowledge subject to transfer in terms of hierarchical governance tool efficacy and lateral relationships within the multinational enterprise. The results show that headquarters' involvement during knowledge development does not have any significant impact on subsequent knowledge utilization in the receiving units and, in fact, hierachical governance forms have a negative impact on knowledge utilization. However, lateral relationships are positive stimuli to building subsidiary capabilities in the knowledge transfer process that enhance receiving unit knowledge utilization.