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PhD defence by David Schulzmann

PhD defence by David Schulzmann

Subject of the lecture: People, Organisational Culture and National Culture – the Puzzle behind Subsidiary Mandate Evolution? – A Reflective Discussion.


13.05.2019 kl. 13.00 - 16.00



R&D Subsidiary of Western MNEs in China: Internal Knowledge Sharing Impacts on the Subsidiary Mandate Evolution.

Summary of the thesis

As China is transforming into a leading global player within innovation, many Western multinational enterprises (MNEs) try to capture this opportunity and therefore make strategic adjustments in their research and development (R&D) units in China. These adjustments are subject to new R&D roles that require global integration to the corporate network and increased environmental embeddedness. However, the literature is not inclusive on what triggers a successful strategic adjustment in order to utilize the Chinese location to its advantage.

This PhD project sheds light on this presently unexplored area and provides insights into how knowledge sharing is a key antecedent to enable Western R&D subsidiary mandate evolution in China. The study integrates 75 interviews from two leading Western R&D subsidiaries in China and focuses on internal knowledge sharing challenges that undermined integration, the influence of R&D staffs’ personal characteristics to knowledge sharing, and subsidiary capability building through environmental embeddedness.


  • Dr Svetla Marinova, Professor, Head of International Business Centre, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark - Chair
  • Dr Lynda J. Song, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Organization and Human Resources, Renmin Business School, Renmin University, China
  • Dr Alexander Brem, Professor, Chair of Technology Management at Friedrich-Alexander University – Erlangen, Nuremberg, Germany

A small refreshment will be served after the public defence




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