Reverse knowledge transfer in emerging market multinationals: The Indian context

Smitha R. Nair, Mehmet Demirbag, Kamel Mellahi

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This study examines knowledge acquisitions of Indian multinationals via overseas mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, the paper examines the effects of the perceived subsidiary capability, parent absorptive capacity, and the relevance of the target knowledge on reverse knowledge transfer. Using firm level data from a survey of Indian multinationals (with overseas acquisitions), we find that perceived subsidiary capability, knowledge relevance, and absorptive capacity positively influence reverse knowledge transfer. The results also highlight the moderating role of knowledge relevance and the mediating effects of absorptive capacity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Business Review
Issue number1
Early online date31 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Absorptive capacity
  • Emerging market multinationals
  • Indian MNEs
  • Knowledge relevance
  • Reverse knowledge transfer
  • Subsidiary capability

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