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Globalisation of Innovation The Role of Multinational Enterprises

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  • Rajneesh Narula
  • Antonello Zanfei

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This paper undertakes a brief evaluation of the trends in the internationalization of innovative activities. We provide a taxonomy of R&D internationalization strategies, and discuss the main relevant theoretical and empirical issues, before discussing the centripetal and centrifugal forces underlying the nature and evolution of cross border innovation. We address the issue of international technology partnering as a key strategy that is complementary to the internationalisation of innovative activities through internal means, before raising important policy dimensions and directions for future research that derive from these debates.

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Paper provided by DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies in its series DRUID Working Papers with number 03-15.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:aal:abbswp:03-15

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Keywords: R&D internationalization; globalisation; multinationals; alliances; technology policy;

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