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Investing in Localized Relationships with Universities: What are the Benefits for R&D Subsidiaries of Multinational Enterprises?

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  • Anders Brostrom
  • Maureen McKelvey
  • Christian Sandstrom

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In spite of a long-standing interest in the distribution of knowledge spillovers from university research, there is only limited theoretical understanding of if and when opportunities to interact with a research university constitute a significant force of attraction for globally mobile investment in R&D. Based on an empirical investigation of the benefits of interaction with universities, this paper proposes an analytical framework and four ideal types of strategy for localised collaboration between R&D subsidiaries and universities. This taxonomy, which largely transcends industry sectors, and the illustrative cases presented in this paper provide insights into the potential scope for localised university-industry interaction from the perspective of multinational enterprises. By connecting the empirical results to the question whether these benefits are significant enough to enhance a region's attractiveness as a location for R&D, we are able to develop a better understanding of the alternative strategies for policymakers and university leaders interested in stimulating such linkages.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 59-78

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Keywords: Knowledge spillovers; multinational enterprises; university-industry interaction; localisation of R&D;

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  1. Guimón, José & Salazar, Juan Carlos, 2014. "Collaboration in innovation between foreign subsidiaries and local universities: evidence from Spain," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2014/5, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.

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