Global R&D network. A network analysis of international R&D centres
AbstractA firm's decision to establish an R&D centre in a specific location creates externalities affecting other firms and, thus, a random distribution of location choices is unlikely. Expecting that the global distribution of R&D centres fulfils the criteria of a complex network, we apply social network analysis to study the locations of international R&D centres and the relationships between the countries owning and hosting them. We analyse the characteristics of the global R&D network and identify its core members. Further, we include network indices in an empirical analysis of the R&D internationalisation determinants. We find that a country's position in the network, which does not necessarily coincide with its geographical or cultural proximity to other countries, has a significant impact on the formation and intensity of R&D linkages between countries. We provide policy implications addressing the challenges emerging from the increasing internationalisation and network of R&D.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre in its series JRC-IPTS Working Papers with number JRC79478.
Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
Date of revision: Nov 2012
Publication status: published
globalisation of innovation; location of R&D centres; network analysis; gravity model;
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- L23 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Organization of Production
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