Knowledge transfer from international joint ventures to local suppliers in a developing economy

Zaheer Khan*, Oded Shenkar, Yong Kyu Lew

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Abstract

Using in-depth data from 155 Pakistani auto components suppliers, we study the role of socialization in knowledge transfer from international joint venture assemblers. We find that whereas formal socialization mechanisms enhance the comprehension and speed of knowledge transfer to local suppliers, informal socialization mechanisms enhance comprehension but not speed. Building on structural contingency theory, we find that having a mechanistic organizational structure among knowledge recipients is an antecedent to formal socialization, leading to improved knowledge transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-675
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume46
Issue number6
Early online date2 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • alliances and joint ventures
  • automotive industry
  • developing markets/countries/economies
  • knowledge transfer
  • socialization mechanisms
  • structural contingency theory

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