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The Globalisation of Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe


  • Alireza Naghavi

    (University of Bologna and FEEM)

  • Maria Comune

    (Università of Siena and FEEM)


The recent economic crisis has brought to light the importance of opportunities that lie in the newly emerging markets (South). Today, we observe southern multinational corporations acquiring access to key resources of knowledge and technologies through global networks of innovation. Should Europe fear the rise of the South or see this global trend as an occasion to turn the threats into opportunities? Mapping the new geography of innovative activities and understanding barriers to international innovation collaborations has been the main objective of the EU 7th Framework Program project INGINEUS. The article introduces the notion of global innovation networks and presents the main results and policy options for both Europe and its southern partners to gain from challenges faced from the internationalisation of innovation activities.

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  • Alireza Naghavi & Maria Comune, 2012. "The Globalisation of Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe," Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femre3:2012.05-01

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    1. Sasan Bakhtiari & Antonio Minniti & Alireza Naghavi, "undated". "Multinational Production and the Scope of Innovation," Development Working Papers 378, Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, University of Milano.
    2. Sasan Bakhtiari & Antonio Minniti & Alireza Naghavi, 2013. "Multiproduct Multinationals and the Quality of Innovation," Working Papers 2013.69, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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    Newly emerging economies; Europe; Innovation; Internationalisation; Networks; R&D Offshoring;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe


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