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Combining Stocks and Flows of Knowledge: The Effects of Intra-Functional and Cross-Functional Complementarity.

Ambos, Tina Claudia and Nell, Phillip C. and Pedersen, Torben (2013) Combining Stocks and Flows of Knowledge: The Effects of Intra-Functional and Cross-Functional Complementarity. Global Strategy Journal, 3 (4). pp. 283-299. ISSN 2042-5805

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Abstract

In the area of knowledge management and knowledge governance, previous research has mostly focused on either knowledge stocks or knowledge flows of firms or organizational units. Contrary to this work, our study is among the first to integrate these two perspectives in order to shed light on the complementarity effects of different types of knowledge stocks and flows in the multinational corporation (MNC). We investigate intra-functional as well as cross-functional complementarity effects from the perspective of the knowledge recipient. We test the impact of stocks on flows on the benefit that is created for MNC units. Based on a comprehensive sample of 324 relationships between MNC units we find that both types of complementarity create benefits for these units, but that the effects from intra-functional combinations of knowledge stocks and flows are significantly stronger than from cross-functional combinations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-5805.2013.01063.x . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: knowledge flows / multinational corporation / complementarity / value chain
Classification Codes: JEL M1
Divisions: Departments > Welthandel
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Kerstin Kvapil
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 13:18
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2017 13:50
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/66270/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/4952

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