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special issue: The new geography of corporate research in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

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  • John Cantwell

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    (Department of Economics, Whiteknights, PO Box 218, Reading RG6 6AA, UK)

  • Grazia D. Santangelo

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    (Facolt, di Giurisprudenza, Universit, degli Studi di Catania, Via Gallo, 24, 95124 Catania, Italy)

Abstract

In the new ICT-based paradigm MNCs have increasingly locationally dispersed competence-creating activities. Using patent data granted in the US to the largest European-owned electronic corporations and all the largest companies in other industries for their ICT research in the European regions, this paper investigates the regional dispersion of such research. We find that co-specialised electronic companies do not tend to develop related R&D in the same regional location, but non-electronic firms undertake related ICT development in a common centre of excellence. Thus, intra-industry competition encourages the geographical separation of co-specialised research, while inter-industry cooperation entails the co-location of related research.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 163-197

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Keywords: Co-specialisation - Co-location - Innovation - International dispersion;

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  1. Carlo Altomonte & Enrico Pennings, 2009. "Domestic plant productivity and incremental spillovers from foreign direct investment," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 40(7), pages 1131-1148, September.
  2. Koen Frenken & Elena Cefis & Erik Stam, 2011. "Industrial dynamics and economic geography: a survey," Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) working paper series 11-07, Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS).
  3. Ron Boschma & Pierre-Alexandre Balland & Dieter Kogler, 2011. "A relational approach to knowledge spillovers in biotech. Network structures as drivers of inter-organizational citation patterns," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1120, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Dec 2011.
  4. Santangelo, Grazia Domenica, 2012. "The tension of information sharing: Effects on subsidiary embeddedness," International Business Review, Elsevier, vol. 21(2), pages 180-195.
  5. Narula, Rajneesh & Santangelo, Grazia D., 2011. "New insights on the role of location advantages in international innovation," MERIT Working Papers 045, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  6. Santangelo, Grazia D., 2009. "MNCs and linkages creation: Evidence from a peripheral area," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 192-205, April.

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