Chair of Organization Theory and Design

Dr. Christian Rohrlack

Former doctoral student and staff member

 

Dissertation project

Reverse technology transfer in international companies

For multinational companies today, the local knowledge of their subsidiaries represents an important global competitive advantage. However, the provision of this knowledge through the successful transfer from the subsidiaries back to the parent company (reverse technology transfer) requires different coordination patterns than the traditional transfer direction from parent to subsidiary.

Christian Rohrlack analyzes the specifics for the successful management of Reverse Technology Transfers and shows the similarities and differences in coordination to traditional Forward Technology Transfers. He discusses existing theoretical concepts, which he incorporates into his research model and tests using a large-scale quantitative-empirical survey of 240 technology transfer projects. His results show, among other things, that different design patterns exist between the two transfer directions and that reverse technology transfers focus in particular on the use of person-oriented coordination instruments such as informal communication, informal meetings or personal contacts.

Publications

  • Rohrlack, C., Wolf, J., Koordination von länderübergreifenden Technologietransfers innerhalb multinationaler Unternehmen, Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel, 2007, Nr. 662.

  • Rohrlack, C., Logistische und Ordinale Regression, in: Albers, S. et al., Methodik der empirischen Forschung, Wiesbaden, 2006, Gabler Verlag, S. 205-222.

  • Wolf, J., Haberstroh, M., Rohrlack, C., Schleswig-Holstein und die Standortwahl und Standortkriterien deutscher Großunternehmen, Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel, 2004, Nr. 580.

  • Rohrlack, C., Teichmann, K., Trainerreputation: Welcher Trainer passt zu welchem Club, in: BDFL Journal - Verbandszeitschrift Bund Deutscher Fußball-Lehrer, 2003, Nr. 26, S. 40-42.

 

Professional activity

Employee at Sauer-Danfoss GmbH & Co. OHG