Central European Management Journal

Implications for multinational enterprises from emerging market subsidiaries’ reverse knowledge transfer

Fjellstrom, Daniella Chowdhury, Ehsanul H. Ahmad, Sohail Batkhuu, Bolortuya

University of Gävle

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Purpose – This study aims to understand the role of drivers, underlying challenges and, consequently, the implications of the reverse knowledge transfer (RKT) process for the multinational enterprises (MNE)s.
Design/methodology/approach – A dyadic qualitative research design was used with a cross-country design covering perspectives from both the headquarters and subsidiaries from the USA, Denmark, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. In-depth interviews were conducted with managers in multiple sectors such as information technology, telecommunications, project management and engineering.
Findings – The study reveals the constraints and drivers of the RKTprocess, and furthermore elaborates on the implications for MNEs. RKT can lead to the development of new processes, subsidiary independence and intraorganizational knowledge transfer. Besides, it can entail challenges such as position insecurity for subsidiaries and a blurring of the MNE market vision. The findings demonstrate several implications for the MNEs.
Practical implications – The study highlights the direct implications of RKT for the multinational enterprises. The findings serve as a practical guide for global managers seeking to improve their competitive edge.
Originality/value – The study presents a framework of the RKT process from emerging market subsidiaries to parent companies, that demonstrates the role of drivers, underlying challenges and implications of the RKT process for the MNEs


Czasopismo Central European Management Journal 
Tom 31 
Numer 3 
Data wydania 9/2023 
Typ Article 
Język eng
Paginacja 326-343
DOI 10.1108/CEMJ-08-2022-0097
ISSN 2658-0845
eISSN 2658-2430