Dear Colleagues

please note that due to the prevailing situation, the submission deadline
for the special issue has been extended to August 31, 2020.

*International Business Review*

Call for papers

*Managing cross-border knowledge for innovation *

Knowledge is central to organizations’ goals. Effective knowledge
management offers the potential to enhance innovation through rapid
learning, and facilitates the development of new technology related to both
products and processes (Andersson, Dasí, Mudambi, & Pedersen, 2016). In
addition to the efficient exploitation of internal knowledge and resources,
multinational enterprises (MNEs) seek to strategize ways to acquire and
embed relevant knowledge through connections with external sources (Khedhaouria
& Jamal, 2015).

The cross-border sourcing of knowledge is important to MNEs, regardless of
home country. Far from being primarily the domain of developed-economy
firms, research suggests that emerging-market MNEs (EMNEs) often use
acquisitions to achieve rapid learning from foreign operations, in their
quest to become key global players (Lynch & Jin, 2016). Perri, Scalera, and
Mudambi (2017) identify foreign actors (including MNEs, universities, and
research centers) as critical sources of knowledge spillovers for EMNEs,
and highlight the importance of innovation networks. Knowledge also flows
from emerging to developed economies; this is referred to as ‘reverse
knowledge transfer’ in the literature (Driffield, Love, & Yang, 2016).

Cross-border knowledge sourcing is important for internationally-active
firms of all sizes. Although academic research has primarily focused on
large MNEs, and there is a need for further investigation of foreign
knowledge sourcing and transfer that involves smaller firms (Garg & Zhao,
2018). While explicit knowledge may be more accessible, the sourcing of
tacit knowledge remains a challenge (Ahammad, Tarba, Liu, & Glaister, 2016;
Guo, Jasovska, Rammal, & Rose, 2018; Papa, Dezi, Gregori, Mueller, &
Miglietta, 2018); the people-embeddedness of tacit knowledge makes the
further study of MNEs; strategies for talent acquisition, management, and
retention important.

Furthermore, the Industry 4.0 model that involves increased automation,
machine learning, and use of artificial intelligence, along with ambitious
national targets such as the ‘Made in China 2025’ plans, the role of
institutions and the state in the facilitation (or limitation) of knowledge
sourcing, and rapid learning (Ciabuschi, Kong, & Su, 2017) and innovation
in service firms (Mol & Brandl, 2018), also warrant further investigation.

For this special issue, we invite both conceptual papers and empirical
work, which can be based on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.
While not exhaustive, the following list suggests possible topics that
could be addressed in the special issue:

-       The development of knowledge and capabilities for international

-       International knowledge spillovers

-       The role of global innovation networks in global value chains

-       ‘Reverse knowledge’ adoption and innovation from emerging economies
to developed economies

-       The role of institutions and the state in promoting the
development, acquisition, sharing, and utilization of knowledge and

-       Knowledge, entrepreneurial orientation, and international

-       Knowledge transfer between small firms and MNEs

-       Knowledge sourcing and innovation in knowledge-intensive business
services (KIBS) firms

-       Talent management for knowledge and innovation

*Guest Editors:*

*Associate Professor Hussain G. Rammal* - *University of Technology Sydney,

*Professor Elizabeth L. Rose* - *University of Leeds, UK.*

*Associate Professor João J.M. Ferreira* - *University* *of** Beira
Interior (UBI), Portugal.*

*Submission Information: *

• All papers will be subject to double-blind peer review.

• Authors should follow the IBR guidelines; see .

• All submissions should be submitted electronically to choosing
SI: *knowledge** for** innovation *as the article type.

*NEW Submission deadline: *31 August 2020

• Questions about the Special Issue can be directed to the guest editors:
Hussain G. Rammal ([log in to unmask]), Elizabeth L. Rose ([log in to unmask])
and João J.M. Ferreira ([log in to unmask]).


Ahammad, M. F., Tarba, S. Y., Liu, Y., & Glaister, K. W. (2016). Knowledge
transfer and cross-border acquisition performance: The impact of cultural
distance and employee retention. *International Business Review, 25*, 66-75.

Andersson, U., Dasí, À., Mudambi, R., & Pedersen, T. (2016). Technology,
innovation and knowledge: The importance of ideas and international
connectivity. *Journal of World Business, 51*, 153-162.

Ciabuschi, F., Kong, L., & Su, C. (2017). Knowledge sourcing from advanced
markets subsidiaries: political embeddedness and reverse knowledge transfer
barriers in emerging-market multinationals. *Industrial and Corporate
Change, 26*, 311-332.

Driffield, N., Love, J. H., & Yang, Y. (2016). Reverse international
knowledge transfer in MNE: (Where) does affiliate performance boost parent
performance? *Research Policy, 45*, 491-506.

Garg, P., & Zhao, M. (2018). Knowledge sourcing by multidivisional
firms. *Strategic
Management Journal, 39*, 3326-3354.

Guo, Y., Jasovska, P., Rammal, H. G., & Rose, E. L. (2018). Global mobility
of professionals and the transfer of tacit knowledge in multinational
service firms. *Journal of Knowledge Management, *

Khedhaouria, A., & Jamal, A. (2015). Sourcing knowledge for innovation:
knowledge reuse and creation in project teams. *Journal of Knowledge
Management, 19*, 932-948.

Lynch, R., & Jin, Z. (2016). Knowledge and innovation in emerging market
multinationals: The expansion paradox. *Journal of Business Research, 69*,

Mol, M. J., & Brandl, K. (2018). Bridging what we know: The effect of
cognitive distance on knowledge-intensive business services produced
offshore. *International Business Review, 27*, 669-677.

Papa, A., Dezi, L., Gregori, G. L., Mueller, J., & Miglietta, N. (2018).
Improving innovation performance through knowledge acquisition: the
moderating role of employee retention and human resource management
practices. *Journal of Knowledge Management, *

Perri, A., Scalera, V. G., & Mudambi, R. (2017). What are the most
promising conduits for foreign knowledge inflows? Innovation networks in
the Chinese pharmaceutical industry. *Industrial and Corporate Change, 26*,

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