What Best Explains the Success of Cross-border Technology Transfers in MNCs: Traditional Coordination Instruments or Modern Management Concepts?
Multinational Enterprises, Markets and Institutional Diversity
ISBN: 978-1-78441-422-1, eISBN: 978-1-78441-421-4
Publication date: 25 October 2014
This chapter investigates whether traditional design-oriented coordination instruments or more modern management concepts have a stronger influence on the success of forward technology transfers within MNCs.
We conducted an empirical study analyzing the relative influence of (a) traditional coordination instruments (structural, technocratic, and person-oriented) and (b) modern management concepts (epistemic community and absorptive capacity) on the success of forward technology transfers within MNCs.
The study finds evidence that the traditional coordination instruments relate to specific aspects of the success of such transfers. Comparing the different types of coordination instruments, this chapter shows that not only the person-oriented, but also the structural and technocratic coordination instruments relate positively with the achievement of technology transfer goals. The study finds stronger relationships between the traditional coordination instruments and the technology transfer goals than between the modern management concepts and the technology transfer goals.
We believe that these results have important implications for the management of international technology transfers in particular and for the focus of future (international) management research in general. Future MNC research studies need to include traditional coordination instruments, since they continue to strongly influence organizational behavior and outcomes. This would help to make organizational research on MNCs more cumulative and complete.
Wolf, J., Egelhoff, W.G. and Rohrlack, C. (2014), "What Best Explains the Success of Cross-border Technology Transfers in MNCs: Traditional Coordination Instruments or Modern Management Concepts?", Multinational Enterprises, Markets and Institutional Diversity (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 97-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-886220140000009004
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