Asian Business & Management

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 183–207 | Cite as

Managerial ties and knowledge transfer in business ecosystems: Evidence from Korean subsidiaries in China

  • Jingxun Li
  • Ruby P. Lee
  • Lian Zhang
Research Article


This study adds to the literature on business ecosystems and knowledge management by examining managerial ties as contingency factors. We suggest that managerial ties can be symbiotic (resources) or parasitic (constraints) to a foreign firm. We support our contention with evidence from Korean subsidiaries in China. We find that domestic political ties strengthen the effect of headquarters' knowledge transfer on performance. On the other hand, business ties are a double-edged sword, strengthening the performance impact of local knowledge acquisition while weakening that of headquarters' knowledge transfer.


Business ecosystems China Knowledge inflows Managerial ties South Korea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business Administration, College of Economics and ManagementYanbian UniversityYanjiChina
  2. 2.Department of Marketing, College of BusinessFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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