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Effects of Human Factors on Knowledge Sharing During Chinese Cross-Border M&A Integration: A Dual-Case Study

Jean Wang (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)
Lars Schweizer (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany)

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-1-83753-861-4, eISBN: 978-1-83753-860-7

Publication date: 24 August 2023


This study investigates the way in which acquisition-related human factors affect knowledge transfer in the context of Chinese cross-border M&A for strategic assets. The authors find that the process of knowledge transfer is reciprocal for revenue and cost synergies, including explicit and tacit knowledge. The establishment of joint ventures (JV) in China after the takeover boosts product-oriented knowledge transfer from overseas-acquired firms in mature markets to Chinese acquirers. The promotion of overseas synergies stimulates complementary knowledge transfer flow, which is reversely transferred from Chinese acquirers to overseas-acquired subsidiaries such as low-saving sourcing and new market applications. This study identifies three acquisition-related human factors that impact overseas knowledge senders for knowledge transfer. These human factors are implemented by Chinese strategic investors as new shareholders during the loosen integration phase. The first facilitator is all-round communication programs with top management involvement, aiming to build up constructive communication channels to boost knowledge transfer. The second facilitator is competence-based trust, which stimulates cooperation and application based on similar professional competence between Chinese acquirers and their overseas-acquired subsidiaries. The impeder is a high turnover of key skilled workers at Chinese acquirers to undermine the effectiveness of knowledge transfer.



Wang, J. and Schweizer, L. (2023), "Effects of Human Factors on Knowledge Sharing During Chinese Cross-Border M&A Integration: A Dual-Case Study", Cooper, C.L. and Finkelstein, S. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Vol. 22), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 31-50.



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