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Title: Utilization of foreign knowledge by Chinese firms : effects of relationship- specific human capital and institutional externalities
Other Titles: Zhongguo qi ye dui wai lai zhi shi de ying yong : xiao ying guan xi zhuan yong xing de ren li zi ben yu jie wai xiao ying zhi du
中國企業對外來知識的應用 : 效應關係專用性的人力資本與界外效應制度
Authors: Low, Yi Jia (盧奕嘉)
Department: Department of Management
Degree: Master of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Knowledge management -- China.
Industrial management -- China.
Notes: CityU Call Number: HD30.2 .L69 2007
i, 120 leaves 30 cm.
Thesis (M.Phil.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2007.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 85-118)
Type: thesis
Abstract: Emerging economy firms have become increasingly reliant on foreign sources of knowledge to upgrade capabilities, as previously closed societies have opened to international competition. Utilization of knowledge from foreign sources can be difficult for these companies, and risky relationship-specific human capital may be required. This thesis explores the conditions for utilization of foreign-source knowledge by Chinese firms using data from a sample of technology-intensive companies in the PRC. I find that relationship-specific human capital is important to knowledge utilization and that it is more likely when relationships provide additional externalities through effects on reputation.
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