The multinational enterprise as a source of international knowledge flows:direct evidence from Italy


This paper examines the determinants of technology transfer between parent firms and their international affiliates, and of knowledge spillovers from those affiliates to host-country firms. Using a unique data set of foreign multinational enterprise (MNE) affiliates based in Italy, we find that affiliate investment in R&D and investment in capital-embodied technology plays a significant role in determining the nature of intra-firm technology flows. However, the basis for any spillovers arising from MNE affiliates does not originate from codified knowledge associated with R&D, but rather from the productivity of the affiliate.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Aston Business School > Aston India Foundation for Applied Research
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Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Journal of International Business Studies. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Driffield, Nigel L.; Love, James H. and Menghinello, Stefano (2010) The multinational enterprise as a source of international knowledge flows: direct evidence from Italy. Journal of International Business Studies, 41 (2). pp. 350-359. ISSN 0047-2506 is available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology transfer,knowledge spillovers,technology sourcing,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Business and International Management,Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management,Economics and Econometrics
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Published Date: 2010-02
Authors: Driffield, Nigel (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1056-3117)
Love, James H.
Menghinello, Stefano



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