Knowledge transfer methods between founder firms and corporate foundations

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This article investigates a new topic of research on Corporate Foundations (CFs): the relation between knowledge transfer from founder firms to the CFs and the CFs’ effectiveness. Starting from a typology of CF’s effectiveness (Ostrower 2006a), we managed a survey addressed to a sample of Italian CFs to address the impact of different knowledge transfer methods on dimensions of CFs’ effectiveness: proactive orientation, social advocacy and capacity building. The results of a linear regression show different relations among KTM methods and CFs’ effectiveness. The research identified four different methods to transfer knowledge which demonstrates that the methods adopted by founder firms have a significant influence on proactivity, competences, and on social advocacy of CFs, and that some approaches are more preferable than others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual conference EURAM 2013
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAnnual Conference EURAM 2013 - Istanbul
Duration: 26 Jun 201429 Jun 2014


ConferenceAnnual Conference EURAM 2013


  • Corporate foundations


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