Do Management Innovations of Indigenous Firms Benefit from Managerial Spillovers from Multinational Enterprises?

  • Hongxin ZhaoEmail author
  • Muammer Ozer
  • Weidong Rong
  • Reuben Mondejar
Research Article


Integrating research on foreign direct investment spillover and management innovation literature, this study develops and tests a spillover–management innovation–performance process model. The model posits that managerial spillovers, defined as the movement of managers from multinational enterprises to domestic firms, are indirectly related to the latter’s performance through management innovation, which serves as a conversion platform internalizing acquired knowledge for performance attainment. Moreover, we propose that the density of foreign direct investment and indigenous firms’ absorptive capacity moderate the spillover–innovation and innovation–performance relationships, respectively. Our findings support these propositions.


Managerial spillover Management innovation Absorptive capacity FDI density 



This study was funded by Research Grant Council of Hong Kong (China Grants RGC 9041833) and Summer Research Grants of Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, St Louis University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boeing Institute of International Business, Richard A. Chaifetz School of BusinessSaint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  3. 3.School of Business Administration and EconomicsState University of New York at BrockportBrockportUSA

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