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The organization of knowledge transfer in the context of Chinese cross-border acquisitions in developed economies

Timon Immanuel Haasis (), Ingo Liefner () and Ritam Garg ()
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Timon Immanuel Haasis: Justus Liebig University Giessen
Ingo Liefner: Leibniz University Hannover
Ritam Garg: BAU International Berlin University of Applied Science

Asian Business & Management, 2018, vol. 17, issue 4, No 3, 286-311

Abstract: Abstract This article investigates how Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs) organize knowledge transfer through cross-border acquisitions in developed economies, by employing an organizational learning perspective, and investigating Chinese acquisitions in the German industrial sector. Engaging in several activities (e.g., establishment of R&D centers, joint ventures, and staff deployment, etc.), Chinese enterprises ultimately aim for stimulating the interaction between the acquired target and the parent company. Challenging the conventional wisdom, knowledge transfer also happens reciprocally. The absorptive and disseminative capacities of both partners, along with the knowledge characteristics, and the intercultural issues, moderate the effectiveness of knowledge transfer.

Keywords: Knowledge transfer; Mergers and acquisitions (M&A); Cross-border acquisitions; Post-acquisition integration; Chinese; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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