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Knowledge transfer in international acquisitions: A retrospective

Julian Birkinshaw, Henrik Bresman and Robert Nobel
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Julian Birkinshaw: London Business School, Regents Park, London, UK
Henrik Bresman: INSEAD, Singapore
Robert Nobel: IFL, Stockholm, Sweden

Journal of International Business Studies, 2010, vol. 41, issue 1, 21-26

Abstract: In this Retrospective, we summarise and discuss the findings of our 1999 JIBS paper “Knowledge transfer in international acquisitions”, and we consider how research in this area has evolved over the last decade. The paper's key contribution was to show how the post-acquisition integration process in a sample of three international acquisitions led to the creation of a “social community”, characterised by two-way knowledge-sharing between the acquirer and acquired companies. We discuss how the timing of this publication, as an early contribution to the knowledge-based perspective on the firm, helped its visibility; and we consider the boundary conditions around our findings.

Date: 2010
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