The role of globally dispersed knowledge in explaining performance outcomes

Reshaping the Boundaries of the Firm in an Era of Global Interdependence

ISBN: 978-0-85724-087-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-088-0

ISSN: 1745-8862

Publication date: 12 November 2010

Abstract

Findings and implications – The empirical findings indicate that the performance-enhancing effect of global knowledge reservoirs is positive and often higher than that of a firm's own knowledge. Whereas some multinationals excel at exploiting such intangible resources, others fail to do so successfully. In this respect, the results indicate that a firm's ability to benefit from global knowledge reservoirs is positively associated with its degree of international diversification, the intensity of its own research efforts, and exogenously determined opportunities pertaining to different technological domains.

Citation

Kafouros, M., Buckley, P. and Clegg, J. (2010), "The role of globally dispersed knowledge in explaining performance outcomes", Pla-Barber, J. and Alegre, J. (Ed.) Reshaping the Boundaries of the Firm in an Era of Global Interdependence (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 223-245. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-8862(2010)0000005014

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