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Knowledge integration in multinational enterprises: the role of inventors crossing national and organizational boundaries

Castellani, D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1823-242X, Perr, A. and Scalera, V. (2021) Knowledge integration in multinational enterprises: the role of inventors crossing national and organizational boundaries. Journal of World Business. ISSN 1090-9516 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Adopting a microfoundations approach to the analysis of intra-MNE knowledge integration, we focus on mobile inventors and their boundary-spanning experience. Using inventor-patent data on US-based MNEs, we show that intra-organizational cross-border mobility and inter-organizational mobility have respectively a positive and a negative effect on knowledge integration. Cross-border mobility within the MNE enables the temporary co-location of mobile inventors in different units, facilitating the dissemination of their knowledge within the MNE. Conversely, “job-hopping” inventors may remain organizational outsiders, which hinders their ability to foster intra-MNE knowledge integration.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:101526
Publisher:Elsevier

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