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Towards a Framework
of Reverse Knowledge
Transfer by
Emerging Economy
Evidence from Chinese
MNESubsidiaries in the
United States

    This article extends the research on knowledge transfer by emerging-economy multinationals ( EEMs )
    by exploring the determinants of successful reverse knowledge transfer ( RKT ) in Chinese enterprises

    operating in the United States. Building upon organizational evolution and learning literature, we pro-
    pose a model linking strategic asset-seeking motivations, headquarters ( HQ ) control, and subsidiary

    age to RKT . The model is empirically tested in the context of Chinese enterprises in the United States

    and further justifi ed by four cases of Chinese multinationals. Our exploratory study provides initial evi-
    dence that strategic asset-seeking motivations and HQcontrol are signifi cantly and positively related

    to RKT . Furthermore, our empirical evidence indicates a negative relationship between subsidiary age

    and RKT . We discuss the implications for theory development and practice for managing and organiz-
    ing EEMsand their subsidiaries and suggest avenues for future research on this emerging phenom-
    enon.© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

    Zeyu Peng
    Cindy Qin
    Roger Rongxin Chen
    Mark V. Cannice
    Xiaohua Yang

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