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Processes Underlying MNE Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Emerging Markets

Zeng, J., Glaister, Keith W., Darwish, Tamer (2019) Processes Underlying MNE Subsidiary Absorptive Capacity: Evidence from Emerging Markets. Management International Review, 59 (6). pp. 949-979. ISSN 0938-8249. E-ISSN 1861-8901. (doi:10.1007/s11575-019-00392-9) (KAR id:74256)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11575-019-00392-9
Uncontrolled keywords: Absorptive Capacity, Emerging economies, Innovation, Learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5351 Business
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Maggie Zeng
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 08:38 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:05 UTC
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