Micro-foundational dimensions of firm internationalisation as determinants of knowledge management strategy: A case for global strategic partnerships

Mehmet Demirbag, Marina Apaydin, Sunil Sahadev

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Abstract

Innovation is a critical source of competitive advantage in an increasingly changing and globalising environment, thus, knowledge management lies at the core of a firm's global business strategy. This paper investigates the relationship between micro-foundational dimensions of firm internationalisation and its knowledge management strategy in the emerging economies, which have been found more efficient in converting technology into socio-economic impact. We specifically look at the technology acquisition modes which are operationalised into three categories: internal development, global strategic partnership, and outsourcing. Results from the analysis of World Bank data collected from manufacturing firms operating in emerging economies show that specific micro-foundational dimensions such as the share of foreign employees, level of foreign input and foreign sales have a significant impact on the choice of technology acquisition mode by a firm; whereas the level of foreign ownership does not have such an effect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120538
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume165
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Emerging markets
  • Global strategic partnership
  • Internationalisation
  • Knowledge management strategy
  • Micro-foundations
  • Socio-economic impact
  • Technology acquisition

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