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The multinational enterprise as a source of international knowledge flows: Direct evidence from Italy

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  • Nigel Driffield

    (Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

  • James H Love

    (Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

  • Stefano Menghinello

    ([1] Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK[2] Istituto nazionale di statistica (ISTAT), Direzione centrale statistiche economiche strutturali, Rome, Italy)

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of technology transfer between parent firms and their international affiliates, and of knowledge spillovers from those affiliates to host-country firms. Using a unique data set of foreign multinational enterprise (MNE) affiliates based in Italy, we find that affiliate investment in R&D and investment in capital-embodied technology plays a significant role in determining the nature of intra-firm technology flows. However, the basis for any spillovers arising from MNE affiliates does not originate from codified knowledge associated with R&D, but rather from the productivity of the affiliate.

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Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Journal of International Business Studies.

Volume (Year): 41 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 350-359

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  1. Perri, Alessandra & Andersson, Ulf, 2014. "Knowledge outflows from foreign subsidiaries and the tension between knowledge creation and knowledge protection: Evidence from the semiconductor industry," International Business Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 63-75.
  2. Esther Tippmann & Pamela Sharkey Scott & Vincent Mangematin, 2012. "Subsidiary managers' knowledge mobilizations: Unpacking emergent knowledge flows," Working paper serie RMT - Grenoble Ecole de Management hal-00864324, HAL.
  3. Alessandra Perri & Ulf Andersson, 2012. "Knowledge outflows from foreign subsidiaries: The tension between knowledge creation and knowledge protection," Working Papers 18, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
  4. Narula, Rajneesh, 2010. "Much ado about nothing, or sirens of a brave new world?: MNE activity from developing countries and its significance for development," MERIT Working Papers 021, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  5. Alessandra Perri & Raffaele Oriani & Francesco Rullani, 2012. "Does Co-Location Accelerate Knowledge Outflows from FDI? The Role of MNC Subsidiaries' Technology Sourcing Strategies," DRUID Working Papers, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies 12-09, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  6. Alessandra Perri & Raffaele Oriani & Francesco Rullani, 2013. "Knowledge breadth of MNC subsidiaries and the duration of host-country firms' search," Working Papers 7, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
  7. Bettina Becker, 2013. "The Determinants of R&D Investment: A Survey of the Empirical Research," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics, Loughborough University 2013_09, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Sep 2013.

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