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Highly skilled and well connected: Migrant inventors in cross-border M&As

Diego Useche (), Ernest Miguelez () and Francesco Lissoni ()
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Diego Useche: Université de Rennes 1

Journal of International Business Studies, 2020, vol. 51, issue 5, No 3, 737-763

Abstract: Abstract Based on a relational view of international business, we investigate the role of migrant inventors in cross-border mergers and acquisitions undertaken by R&D-active firms. We hypothesize that the migrant inventors’ international social networks can be leveraged by their employers in order to identify and/or integrate relevant knowledge bases of acquisition targets in the inventors’ home country. We nuance our hypothesis by means of several conditional logistic regressions on a large matched sample of deals and control cases. The impact of migrant inventors increases with the distance between countries and for targets located in countries with weak administrative/legal systems, as well as when targets are either innovative or belong to high-tech sectors or to the same sector as the acquirer, and for full versus partial acquisitions.

Keywords: cross-border mergers and acquisitions; migration; inventors; PCT patents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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