Globalisation of innovation in knowledge intensive industries : lessons from the new China
International Journal of Technology and Globalisation
innovation, globalisation, China, catching up, development
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.
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Chen, Y.-C., Vang, J., & Chaminade, C. (2012). Globalisation of innovation in knowledge intensive industries: lessons from the new China. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 6(4), 264-284. Retrieved from http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJTG.2012.050960?journalCode=ijtg