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How do different drivers of R&D investment in foreign locations affect domestic firm performance? An analysis based on Swiss panel micro data

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  • Spyros Arvanitis
  • Heinz Hollenstein

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The aim of this article is to investigate the differences between specific motives of R&D investment in foreign locations with respect to: (i) the factors influencing the likelihood of foreign R&D and (ii) the impact of foreign presence on the parent firms' innovativeness and productivity. An econometric analysis of Swiss firm panel data (period 2000--2008; 2817 companies) shows, first, that factors related to firm-specific knowledge-oriented advantages are more important for explaining the likelihood of foreign R&D activities than factors reflecting disadvantages related to home location. Second, knowledge-oriented motives of foreign R&D positively influence the innovation performance of domestic firms, whereas market- and resource-oriented strategies have a positive impact on labor productivity. Copyright 2011 The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Associazione ICC. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 20 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 605-640

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:20:y:2011:i:2:p:605-640

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Cited by:
  1. Martin Berger & Heinz Hollenstein, 2012. "Determinants of Equity-based and Co-operative Foreign R&D and Impact on the Parent Firm’s Performance," FIW Working Paper series 097, FIW.
  2. Cátia Pinheiro & Paula Sarmento, 2013. "R&D offshore insourcing in Portugal: drivers and motivations," FEP Working Papers 501, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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