Processes Underlying MNE Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Emerging Markets

Zeng, Jing ORCID: 0000-0003-1815-9338, Glaister, Keith and Darwish, Tamer K ORCID: 0000-0003-1815-9338 (2019) Processes Underlying MNE Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Emerging Markets. Management International Review, 59 (6). pp. 949-979. ISSN 0938-8249

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Abstract

We explore the determinants of absorptive capacity by examining how managers of MNE subsidiaries operating in emerging markets recognize, assimilate and apply external knowledge. From analysis of the subsidiaries of 12 MNEs with data from a total of 62 informants from China, India, Brazil and Kenya, six constructs emerged: prior knowledge significance, unlearning, explorative scanning, transformative learning, exploitative application and organization context. Through the iteration of data and theory, we develop a model, which presents a process framework that suggests the dynamic relationships among the emergent concepts underlying absorptive capacity. By identifying and explicating key actions and practices that have previously been largely treated as implicit in the absorptive capacity literature, the study enriches understanding of the micro-processes of absorptive capacity.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Absorptive Capacity; Emerging economies; Innovation; Learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Business, Entrepreneurship and Financial Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Tamer Darwish
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 12:57
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 12:30
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6908

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