Determinants of cross-national knowledge transfer and its effect on firm innovation

Masaaki Kotabe*, Denise Dunlap-Hinkler, Ronaldo Parente, Harsh A. Mishra

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Abstract

This study examines the determinants of international knowledge flow. From a resource-based perspective, it evaluates the impact of cross-national knowledge transfer on firm innovative performance. Based on 56,027 US patents owned by 53 selected firms in the US-based pharmaceutical industry, the results suggest that innovative performance is a curvilinear function of the international knowledge content used by a firm to innovate. As hypothesized, it was found that at (1) low and moderate levels of international knowledge content, a firm's strategy to transfer international knowledge improves its innovative performance, and at (2) higher levels of international knowledge content, there are diminishing marginal returns to transferring knowledge from overseas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-282
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • International sourcing
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Multinational firm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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