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Globalisation, industrial diversification and productivity growth in large European R&D companies

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  • Michele Cincera

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  • Julien Ravet

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This paper aims to assess the impact of both geographic and industrial diversification of economic activities on the productivity performance of large European R&D Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). Based on the worldwide subsidiaries of these firms, we measure the performance of the firms according to their level of industrial diversification and globalisation that we proxy with the presence and importance of subsidiaries in the EU, North America and Asia–Pacific regions. The sample consists of large R&D firms that represent about 80 % of total European R&D. In general, the results indicate a positive impact from globalisation on firms’ R&D productivity, especially in the US, while a negative impact for industrial diversification is found. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

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  • Michele Cincera & Julien Ravet, 2014. "Globalisation, industrial diversification and productivity growth in large European R&D companies," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 41(2), pages 227-246, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:41:y:2014:i:2:p:227-246
    DOI: 10.1007/s11123-012-0315-x
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    1. Davide Castellani & Mariacristina Piva & Torben Schubert & Marco Vivarelli, 2018. "The source of the US /EU Productivity Gap:Less and less effective R&D," LEM Papers Series 2018/16, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
    2. Pietro Moncada-Paterno-Castello & Peter Voigt & Marco Vivarelli, 2011. "Evolution of Globalised business R&D: Features, drivers, impacts," JRC Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation 2011-02, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
    3. Michele Cincera & Claudio Cozza & Alexander Tübke, 2014. "Main drivers for local and global R&D sourcing of European Multinational Enterprises," Eurasian Business Review, Springer;Eurasia Business and Economics Society, vol. 4(2), pages 227-245, December.
    4. repec:spr:scient:v:116:y:2018:i:3:d:10.1007_s11192-018-2799-2 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Michele Cincera & Julien Ravet & Reinhilde Veugelers, 2014. "R&D Financing Constraints of Young and Old Innovation Leaders in the EU and the US," iCite Working Papers 2014-008, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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    Keywords

    R&D; European MNEs; Productivity; Globalisation; Industrial diversification; O33;

    JEL classification:

    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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