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Volume 12 Issue 1, Special Edition for ECKM 2013 / Jan 2014  pp1‑82

Editor: Monika Petraite

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000 Editorial.pdf  pp1‑2

Monika Petraite

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Marketing audit for Knowledge Intensive Business Services  pp3‑13

Ettore Bolisani, Enrico Scarso

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The Value of Extended Framework of TAM in the Electronic Government Services  pp14‑24

Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro et al

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Cross‑cultural Validation of UTAUT: The Case of University VLEs in Jordan, Russia and the UK  pp25‑34

Boyka Simeonova et al

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Business Innovative Environment as a Prerequisite for a Long‑run Competitive Advantage  pp35‑46

Marta Christina Suciu, Cristina Andreea Florea

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Innovation, Organizational Learning Orientation and Reverse Knowledge Transfer in Multinationals Companies  pp47‑55

Daniel Jimenéz-Jimenéz, Micaela Martínez-Costa, Raquel Sanz-Valle

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Abstract: Today, innovation is considered one of the main source of competitive advantage for the companies. For multinationals companies (MCNs) innovation is particularly important because they have more challenges to face than domestic organizations. MNCs have also a potential advantage for developing innovations, as they have access to new ideas and knowledge generating in the different locations they operate in. But this potential advantage can only become real if MNCs are able to transfer the knowledge they acquire in one of their locations to the others. This paper analyses the relationship between knowledge transfer and innovation in MNCs. In particular, this research focuses on knowledge transfer from the subsidiaries to the headquarters (reverse knowledge transfer). In addition, this paper studies the effect of the firm´s learning orientation as a mediator in the relation between reverse knowledge transfer and innovation. These relationships are tested using a sample of 104 Spanish MNCs. Our findings show that reverse knowledge influences indirectly on the headquarters’ innovation through its effect on the firm’s learning orientation. These findings have implications for both academics and practitioners. 


Keywords: Innovation, Knowledge Management, Reverse knowledge transfer, Learning orientation, Multinationals Companies, MNCs


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Taking a Different View: The Case of the Eurozone Macroeconomic Policies as a Case of Incompetence  pp56‑66

Eduardo Tomé

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Middle Management Knowledge by Possession and Position: A Panoptic Examination of Individual Knowledge Sharing Influences  pp67‑82

Sally Eaves

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