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Subsidiary roles, vertical linkages and economic development: Lessons from transition economies

  • Jindra, Björn
  • Giroud, Axèle
  • Scott-Kennel, Joanna

Vertical supply chain linkages between foreign subsidiaries and domestic firms are important mechanisms for knowledge spillovers, contributing to the economic development of host economies. This paper argues that subsidiary roles and technological competences affect the extent of vertical linkages as such as well as their potential for technological spillovers. Using survey evidence from 424 foreign subsidiaries based in transition economies, we tested for the effect of subsidiaries' autonomy, initiative, technological capability, internal and external technological embeddedness on the extent and intensity of forward and backward vertical linkages. The evidence supports our main argument that the potential of technology diffusion via vertical linkages depends on the nature of subsidiary roles. We discuss the implications for transition as well as other developing countries.

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Volume (Year): 44 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 167-179

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