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EXPLORING THE LIMITATIONS OF THE KNOWLEDGE PROJECTION MODEL IN MNCS: THE IMPACT OF EXPATRIATE MANAGERS ON SUBSIDIARY SURVIVAL

"Theories of the Multinational Enterprise: Diversity, Complexity and Relevance"

ISBN: 978-0-76231-126-2, eISBN: 978-1-84950-285-6

ISSN: 1571-5027

Publication date: 9 November 2004

Abstract

Few studies have explored how multinational firms (MNCs) use their experience when expanding abroad. According to the “knowledge projection” model of the MNC, appropriately disseminating industry experience, country experience and mode experience can a priori increase the chances of success of new subsidiaries. However, with inconsistent findings, prior research is of limited assistance in understanding this relationship. We argue that this situation can be explained by a focus on firm’s potential for experience accumulation, rather than on the actual transfer of experience. Deploying expatriate managers enable MNCs to apply organizational experience in foreign markets. It should also have an impact on foreign subsidiary’s chances of success and survival. Therefore, this paper examines how the use of expatriates to transfer experience can affect subsidiary survival.

Citation

Very, P., Hébert, L. and Beamish, P.W. (2004), "EXPLORING THE LIMITATIONS OF THE KNOWLEDGE PROJECTION MODEL IN MNCS: THE IMPACT OF EXPATRIATE MANAGERS ON SUBSIDIARY SURVIVAL", Hitt, M.A. and Cheng, J.L.C. (Ed.) "Theories of the Multinational Enterprise: Diversity, Complexity and Relevance" (Advances in International Management, Vol. 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 223-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0747-7929(04)16011-3

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