Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Sverre J. Herstad
MNC affiliation, knowledge bases and involvement in global innovation networks
(), Bernd Ebersberger
() and Bjørn Asheim
Abstract: Innovation collaboration is subjected to partner search
and selection constraints. These constraints are reinforced by geographical
distance, and mediated by privileged information accessed through
pre-existing formal and informal ties to foreign business contexts.
Multinational corporations may therefore influence the collaborative
linkages maintained by their affiliates abroad, outside the group network.
This paper shows that the sensitivity of foreign collaboration to resources
provided by the parent group is dependent on whether affiliates of the
multinational are engaged in developing cross-disciplinary,
application-specific technological knowledge with a strong tacit content
(e.g. systems engineering), knowledge with a strong aesthetic of cultural
content (e.g. media or fashion) or knowledge dominated by specific
scientific disciplines (e.g. biotechnology).
Keywords: Multinational corporations; industrial knowledge bases; innovation collaboration; globalization; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F23; L24; O32; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, March 3, 2013
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