The impact of knowledge management on MNC subsidiary performance

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Title: The impact of knowledge management on MNC subsidiary performance
the role of absorptive capacity
Author: Mahnke, Volker; Pedersen, Torben; Venzin, Markus
Abstract: Empirical studies on the impact of knowledge management on the performance of MNC subsidiaries remain elusive to date. This study examines the effect of knowledge management tools such as corporate university, communities of practice, group benchmarking, learning systems and rewards upon absorptive capacity and performance with unique data from subsidiary units in a large German MNC – Heidelberger Cement. The findings suggest that knowledge management tools unfold their performance impact through their significant influence on absorptive capacity and knowledge inflows. The key contributions to the current literature on knowledge flows in the MNC include an empirically corroborated link between deployments of knowledge management tools and their impact on the subsidiary employee’s ability and motivation to learn from internal knowledge flows in the MNC as well as their impact on subsidiary business performance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6495
Date: 2003-12-10

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