Patterns of knowledge flows and MNE innovative performance

Mo Yamin, Juliet Otto

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This paper examines the influence of inter-and intra organisational knowledge flows on innovative performance in multinational enterprises. It employs a theoretical framework relating to organisational differentiation within multinational enterprises to generate a number of hypotheses linking knowledge flows to innovate performance. The hypotheses are tested in the biopharmaceutical context. Patent citations and co-patenting are utilised to capture knowledge flows. The findings support suggestion in the literature that subsidiary embededdness in external knowledge stimulates innovation in MNEs. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-258
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Innovative performance
  • Knowledge flows
  • MNE


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