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How do foreign firms patent in emerging economies with weak appropriability regimes? Archetypes and motives

  • Keupp, Marcus Matthias
  • Friesike, Sascha
  • von Zedtwitz, Maximilian

Foreign firms patent in emerging economies with weak appropriability regimes at an increasing rate. This phenomenon constitutes a paradox since in such a setting foreign firms should have weak incentives to patent. In an attempt to resolve this paradox, we conducted an inductive analysis of 11 foreign firms that patent in such a setting, using the case of China as our empirical context. We identify four archetypes of foreign firms and three key antecedents the interaction of which determines which archetype a firm can be subsumed under.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 1422-1439

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