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An industry’s international connectedness and knowledge-sourcing behavior: a study of the Korean case

Se Ho Cho (Department of Management, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA)
John Cantwell (Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 18 January 2024

Issue publication date: 20 March 2024




The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of an industry’s connectedness to foreign countries on knowledge sourcing.


The authors examine the research model through probit regression techniques to the 472,303-patent data across 16 industries derived from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


The results suggest that international connectedness increases the accessibility of foreign knowledge and helps the accumulation of technological capability. Thus, this paper provides a better understanding that international connectedness can be critical for exploiting knowledge dispersed worldwide and influencing intra- and interindustry knowledge-sourcing behavior in the home country.


While prior studies have mainly paid attention to the relationship between parents and subsidiaries in foreign countries for international knowledge sourcing, the authors attempt to analyze international and local knowledge sourcing with a broader set of knowledge sourcing channels at an aggregate level. By considering an industry’s export intensity and inward foreign direct investment, this study reveals specifically how the extent of an industry’s international connectedness influences knowledge sourcing from both abroad and locally.



Disclosure statement: No potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.


Cho, S.H. and Cantwell, J. (2024), "An industry’s international connectedness and knowledge-sourcing behavior: a study of the Korean case", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 173-197.



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