Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions

Published on Sep 1, 1999in Journal of International Business Studies7.724
· DOI :10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490078
Henrik Bresman10
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(HHS: Stockholm School of Economics),
Julian Birkinshaw52
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(LBS: London Business School),
Robert Nobel9
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(HHS: Stockholm School of Economics)
This paper reports on a multimethod study of knowledge transfer in international acquisitions. Using questionnaire data we show that the transfer of technological know-how is facilitated by communication, visits & meetings, and by time elapsed since acquisition, while the transfer of patents is associated with the articulability of the knowledge, the size of the acquired unit, and the recency of the acquisition. Using case study data, we show that the immediate post-acquisition period is characterized by imposed one-way transfers of knowledge from the acquirer to the acquired, but over time this gives way to high-quality reciprocal knowledge transfer.
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