Reverse Knowledge Flows: How and When Do Preparation and Reintegration Facilitate Repatriate Knowledge Transfer?

Vesa Peltokorpi, Fabian Jintae Froese, B. Sebastian Reiche, Sebastian Klar

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Abstract

This paper applies a generalized exchange perspective to examine how and when reintegration in headquarters (HQ) facilitates repatriate knowledge transfer (RKT). Specifically, we theorize how the preparatory stage for repatriation – when expatriates are still abroad – enhances reintegration in HQ upon repatriation and subsequently RKT via interpersonal and career-related pathways. For the former, we hypothesize that communication frequency with HQ actors before re-entry enhances RKT via reintegration. We also hypothesize that communication frequency with HQ actors before re-entry improves trust in HQ actors, which, in turn, strengthens the positive effect of reintegration on RKT. For the second pathway, we hypothesize that career and repatriate support before re-entry increases RKT via reintegration. We also hypothesize that career and repatriate support before re-entry enhances career satisfaction upon re-entry, which, in turn, strengthens the positive effect of reintegration on RKT. Time-lagged data from 129 assignees and their HQ supervisors support most of our hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Studies
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Journal of Management Studies published by Society for the Advancement of Management Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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