The Internationalisation of R&D Networks: a Company Relations Approach
AbstractFor around fifteen years, companies have developed the international side of their R&D. What are the advantages which mean that, despite the potentially high distancing costs, companies choose to outsource all or part of their R&D? In theory, there are three motivations: learning, or an increased knowledge stock, the conquest of new markets or exploitation of existing stock, and finally access to lower research costs. The 2003 Inter-company relations survey Erie sheds more light on the R&D relationships between French companies and their partners, be they French or foreign. The results show that a complimentary relationship with an R&D partner, which fosters learning, is a determining factor when companies choose to internationalise their R&D. Access to new markets also has an impact, but a secondary one. Finally, the cost-reduction aim is not significant. In particular, up until now very few relationships with partners in low-cost countries have been observed.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.
Volume (Year): 405-406 (2008)
Issue (Month): (February)
R&D Location; R&D Cooperation; Spillovers; Inter-Firm Collaboration;
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