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Globalisation of innovation in knowledge intensive industries : Lessons from the new China

Chen, Yun Chung; Vang, Jan and Chaminade, Cristina LU (2012) In International Journal of Technology and Globalisation 6(4). p.264-284
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The global location of R & D labs by MNCs is a rather new phenomenon; especially when it comes to establishing R & D labs in developing countries. The existing and rather limited literature on globalisation of innovation provides four possible explanations of why multinationals locate R & D labs in developing countries: reduce research costs, access large markets, tap into a large pool of qualified human resources or benefit from knowledge spillovers available in the local/regional system of innovation. The empirical research presented in this paper reveals that none of these arguments can fully explain the increasing location of R & D labs in China. The in-depth study of MNCs R & D labs in Beijing and Shanghai,... (More)

The global location of R & D labs by MNCs is a rather new phenomenon; especially when it comes to establishing R & D labs in developing countries. The existing and rather limited literature on globalisation of innovation provides four possible explanations of why multinationals locate R & D labs in developing countries: reduce research costs, access large markets, tap into a large pool of qualified human resources or benefit from knowledge spillovers available in the local/regional system of innovation. The empirical research presented in this paper reveals that none of these arguments can fully explain the increasing location of R & D labs in China. The in-depth study of MNCs R & D labs in Beijing and Shanghai, China, reveals that specific aspects of market, technological and political uncertainty provide a more adequate explanation to the increasing presence of R & D labs from MNCs in developing countries such as China and thus calls for an integration in the regional innovation systems framework. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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10.1504/IJTG.2012.050960
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  abstract     = {<p>The global location of R &amp; D labs by MNCs is a rather new phenomenon; especially when it comes to establishing R &amp; D labs in developing countries. The existing and rather limited literature on globalisation of innovation provides four possible explanations of why multinationals locate R &amp; D labs in developing countries: reduce research costs, access large markets, tap into a large pool of qualified human resources or benefit from knowledge spillovers available in the local/regional system of innovation. The empirical research presented in this paper reveals that none of these arguments can fully explain the increasing location of R &amp; D labs in China. The in-depth study of MNCs R &amp; D labs in Beijing and Shanghai, China, reveals that specific aspects of market, technological and political uncertainty provide a more adequate explanation to the increasing presence of R &amp; D labs from MNCs in developing countries such as China and thus calls for an integration in the regional innovation systems framework. Copyright © 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.</p>},
  author       = {Chen, Yun Chung and Vang, Jan and Chaminade, Cristina},
  issn         = {1476-5667},
  keyword      = {Catching up,China,Development,Globalisation,Innovation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {264--284},
  publisher    = {Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.},
  series       = {International Journal of Technology and Globalisation},
  title        = {Globalisation of innovation in knowledge intensive industries : Lessons from the new China},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJTG.2012.050960},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2012},
}