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Expatriate utilization, subsidiary knowledge creation and performance: the moderating role of subsidiary strategic context

Kawai, N. and Chung, C. (2019) Expatriate utilization, subsidiary knowledge creation and performance: the moderating role of subsidiary strategic context. Journal of World Business, 54 (1). pp. 24-36. ISSN 1090-9516

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.09.003

Abstract/Summary

Little research examines the mechanisms for the relationship between expatriate utilization and subsidiary performance. Building on the knowledge-based view of the firm, we propose a multi-stage mediation model to explain how expatriate staffing promotes subsidiary financial performance. Our results underscore that expatriate utilization has an indirect, mediated effect on subsidiary financial performance through its links with subsidiaries’ knowledge creation and product performance. Adopting a moderated mediation approach, we also find that the indirect relationship between expatriate utilization and subsidiary product performance via subsidiary knowledge creation is strengthened by the context of transnational strategy as a moderating contingency.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:79539
Publisher:Elsevier

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