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Research seminar with Research Fellow Maximilian Palmié
May 24, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Maximilian Palmié is a Senior Research Fellow from University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on the strategic management of innovation, especially on organizational arrangements to support innovation and knowledge processes.
“Realizing Subsidiary-to-Parent Knowledge Transfers: Channeling Attention Towards a Focal Subsidiary by Organizational Architecture”
This paper provides a theoretical account and empirical test of the relationship between formal organizational architecture and ‘reverse’ (i.e. subsidiary-to-parent) knowledge transfers in multinational corporations (MNCs). Building on the attention-based view, it develops seven hypotheses arguing (a) that elements of organizational architecture affect the extent to which a focal subsidiary receives attention from the MNC’s parent firm, (b) that this extent of parent firm attention affects the extent of reverse knowledge transfers, and (c) that parent firm attention mediates the relationship between the elements of organizational architecture and reverse knowledge transfers. Testing hypotheses on three elements of formal organizational architecture (autonomy, assignment of international responsibilities, and competence-creating objectives in the subsidiary’s mission) with a unique sample of approximately 300 subsidiaries, we find broad support for our theoretical account and highlight implications for academia and practice.