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How Do Mobility Direction and Human Assets of Mobile Engineers Affect Joint Knowledge Creation after M&As?

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College of Business Administration, Seoul National University, Gwanak-gu, Gwnak-ro 1, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Department of International Business and Trade, College of Business Administration, Myongji University, Seodaemun-gu, Geobukgol-ro 34, Seoul 03674, Korea
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4417; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164417
Received: 19 July 2019 / Revised: 8 August 2019 / Accepted: 9 August 2019 / Published: 15 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in 2nd IT Revolution with Dynamic Open Innovation)
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Abstract

We focused on mobile engineers, a distinctive employee group that may have unique reactions to mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Mobile engineers, employees that move from one firm to another, were previously recognized as an undesirable loss by most knowledge-intensive organizations. However, in this study, we show that they may return to their former organizations as effective knowledge creators when their previous and new organizations unite through M&As. We specifically investigated how their mobility direction, relational assets, and intellectual assets affect the amount of knowledge that is jointly created through inter-personal collaborations following the M&A. Using the data of 410 mobile engineers in high-technology M&As during 2000–2004 in the United States, we found that the mobility direction from acquiring firms to targets prior to M&A has a positive impact on joint knowledge creation. We also found that such mobility direction positively moderates the relationship between human assets of mobile engineers and their joint knowledge creation. View Full-Text
Keywords: joint knowledge creation; M&As; mobile engineer; mobility direction; relational and intellectual assets at the individual level joint knowledge creation; M&As; mobile engineer; mobility direction; relational and intellectual assets at the individual level
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Park, N.K.; Chun, M.Y.; Lee, J. How Do Mobility Direction and Human Assets of Mobile Engineers Affect Joint Knowledge Creation after M&As? Sustainability 2019, 11, 4417.

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