National Cultural Dimensions, Emerging Market Characteristics and the Subsidiary’s Willingness to Transfer Marketing Knowledge to MNE HQs

Ahmad Arslan, Tiina Leposky, Minnie Kontkanen

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Abstract

Subsidiaries in emerging markets (EMs) are a valuable source of knowledge for multinational enterprises (MNEs). Accessing the vast potential of these markets is increasingly becoming a priority for businesses from developed countries, but success in the markets requires understanding marketing in the emerging market context, which may differ considerably from the accepted truths of the traditional Western approaches. This paper seeks to improve understanding of the emerging market contextual factors, which influence the willingness to transfer marketing knowledge from emerging market subsidiaries to headquarters of multinational companies. Using the GLOBE cultural framework, this paper proposes that the relationships between power distance, uncertainty avoidance, in-group collectivism, performance orientation, and future orientation with knowledge transfer willingness are made moderated by the EM characteristics of shortage of resources, strong socio-political governance, inadequate infrastructures, country of origin –effect and turbulence of the environment. A conceptual framework and propositions for future study are presented accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-179
JournalJournal of Transnational Management
Volume21
Issue number3
Early online date21 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Emerging markets
  • GLOBE cultural framework
  • knowledge transfer
  • Subsidiary

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