The Selection Committee for the JIBS Decade Award is pleased to announce
that the article "MNC knowledge transfer, subsidiary absorptive capacity,
and HRM" by Dana Minbaeva (Copenhagen Business School), Torben Pedersen
(Copenhagen Business School), Ingmar Björkman (Aalto University), Carl Fey
(University of Nottingham Ningbo) and Hyeon Park (Georgia State University)
has been selected as the winner of the 2013 JIBS Decade Award.   

The award, sponsored by Palgrave Macmillan, is designed to recognize the
most influential paper published in the Journal of International Business
Studies ten years prior and is presented at the annual AIB conference. In
order to be considered for the JIBS Decade Award, an article must be one of
the five most cited articles published in JIBS for the year being

This year's Selection Committee members were Jaeyong Song (Chair, selected
by the JIBS Editor-in-Chief), the current AIB Program Chair Patricia
McDougall, and the previous AIB Program Chair Susan Feinberg. JIBS
Editor-in-Chief John Cantwell was an ex officio, non-voting committee
member. The Selection Committee examined total citations, total number of
journals citing the paper, and total number of leading journals (excluding
JIBS) citing the paper to determine the top five most cited articles. The
Committee read and discussed the top five nominees and then voted on the
winning article. 

In recommending the award-winning article, the Committee noted that: "It has
been a wonderfully productive idea to relate both absorptive capacity and
knowledge transfer to HR practices. Minbaeva et al. offered pioneering
conceptual arguments about the relationship between MNC subsidiary HRM
practices, absorptive capacity, and knowledge transfer. In particular, they
advanced our understanding of the concept of absorptive capacity by
emphasizing employees' motivation as well as employees' ability as key
aspects of absorptive capacity.  Moreover, through a three-stage least
squares estimation of a simultaneous equation model, the authors took a step
further by treating the development of absorptive capacity as an endogenous
part of their model. This path-breaking paper has opened the way to many
interesting and important further developments in the examination of
different kinds of HR practices that facilitate knowledge transfer in MNCs -
an issue that is vital to practice."

A session will be held at the upcoming 2013 AIB Annual Meeting in Istanbul,
in which Profs. Minbaeva, Pedersen, Björkman, Fey and Park and two invited
discussants, Jaeyong Song (Seoul National University; 2013 committee chair)
and Paula Caligiuri (Rutgers University), will comment on the paper. A
reception honoring the Decade Award winning paper and its author will also
be held as part of the closing reception at the conference. We hope that you
will join us in Istanbul to attend these events; the date and times will be
available at when the conference program is

A reprint of the award winning article, together with the authors'
commentary, will be published in the first issue of the 2014 volume of the
Journal of International Business Studies. 

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