Date of this Version
Strategic Management Journal
While mobility's effect on knowledge transfer to firms that hire mobile employees is well demonstrated, we choose to explore mobility's effect on knowledge transfer to firms that lose these employees. Focusing on this ‘outbound mobility’ allows us to isolate effects of social mechanisms associated with mobility. We find that semiconductor firms losing employees are more likely to subsequently cite patents of firms hiring these employees, suggesting that mobility‐driven knowledge flows are bidirectional. In addition, the outbound mobility effect is pronounced when mobility occurs between geographically distant firms, but attenuates for geographically proximate firms since other redundant knowledge channels exist within regions.
This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: [Corredoira, R.A. & Rosenkopf, L. (2010). Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot? The Reverse Transfer of Knowledge through Mobility Ties. Strategic Management Journal 31, no. 2: pp. 159-181], which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.803. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
outbound mobility, knowledge transfer, localization, social capital, interfirm networks, semiconductor industry
Corredoira, R. A., & Rosenkopf, L. (2010). Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot? The Reverse Transfer of Knowledge through Mobility Ties. Strategic Management Journal, 31 (2), 159-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.803
Business Administration, Management, and Operations Commons, Business and Corporate Communications Commons, Business Intelligence Commons, Human Resources Management Commons, Management Information Systems Commons, Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods Commons, Organizational Behavior and Theory Commons, Strategic Management Policy Commons
Date Posted: 25 October 2018
This document has been peer reviewed.