Coordinating globally dispersed research centres of excellence--the case of Philips Electronics
Multinational enterprises (MNE) have increased their research and development (R&D) investment in foreign countries, especially since the early 1980s. This quantitative growth is accompanied by a qualitative dimension which is the restructuring of global R&D towards corporate-wide centres of excellence (CoEs) in highly internationalized corporations. The basic assumption of this paper is that the capability of coordinating these centres is a decisive competitive advantage and at the heart of a global learning process. The paper explicitly analyses research CoEs. It aims at developing possible mechanisms for their coordination and a conceptual framework for the use of suitable coordination mechanisms. A case study on the electronics company Philips illustrates the conceptual part. Finally, a model of coordinating global research CoEs is derived.
Volume (Year): 10 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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