The intra-firm knowledge transfer in the outward M&A of EMNCs: evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms

Qi Ai, Hui Tan

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This paper examines the intra-firm transfer of tacit and explicit knowledge in the post-acquisition integration stage in the outward mergers and acquisitions (M&A) of multinational corporations from emerging economies (EMNCs). It also explores rationales underlying the tacit and explicit knowledge transfer in the cross-cultural context. Drawing from the empirical evidence of three Chinese firms’ outward M&A in three European countries, we argue the Chinese acquiring firms emphasised the transfer of explicit over tacit knowledge in the post-acquisition integration in their outward M&A. This can be attributed to complementarity in explicit knowledge, home market advantage, scarcity of key staff and cultural differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-425
Number of pages27
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Management
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date27 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018

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Emerging economies
Knowledge transfer
Manufacturing firms
Explicit knowledge
Tacit knowledge
Chinese firms
Rationale
Scarcity
European countries
Cultural context
Multinational corporations
Cultural differences
Staff
Complementarity
Empirical evidence
Mergers and acquisitions

Keywords

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • China
  • EMNCs
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Absorptive capacity
  • Post-acquisition integration

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The intra-firm knowledge transfer in the outward M&A of EMNCs: evidence from Chinese manufacturing firms. / Ai, Qi; Tan, Hui.

In: Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.06.2018, p. 399-425.

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