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The effects of knowledge attribute, alliance characteristics, and absorptive capacity on knowledge transfer performance

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The main purpose of this study is to examine the effects of knowledge attribute, alliance characteristics, and firm's absorptive capacity on the performance of knowledge transfer. Regression analysis was used to test the hypotheses in a sample of 137 alliance cases. The findings suggest that knowledge transfer performance is positively affected by the explicitness of knowledge and firm's absorptive capacity; that equity-based alliance will transfer tacit knowledge more effectively while contract-base alliance is more effective for the transfer of explicit knowledge; and that trust and adjustment have positive effects while conflict possesses a curvilinear effect on knowledge transfer performance.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Business Administration, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Publication date: June 1, 2004


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