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National Systems of Innovation and the International Technology Strategies of Multinationals


  • Robert Pearce

    () (Department of Economics, University of Reading)


The paper first introduces typologies of the production subsidiaries and R & D laboratories through which MNEs activate global competitive and creative strategies. These are used to describe, and assess the implications of, the diverse ways in which MNEs paricipate in the national system of innovation (NSi) of individual countries. Such NSIs are seen as increasingly the drivers of national competitive progress. The analytical concern is then with whether MNEs' involvement increases or lessens the ability of an NSI to propel the sustained development of an economy. It is argued that the requirement is for policy to address the need for a balanced NSI and to comprehend the implications of the selective nature of MNE's involvement.

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  • Robert Pearce, 2004. "National Systems of Innovation and the International Technology Strategies of Multinationals," Economics & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2004-06, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2004-06

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    1. Rajneesh Narula & José Guimón, 2012. "The Role of Multinational Corporations in the National Innovation Systems of the EU New Member States," Chapters,in: Innovation and Institutional Embeddedness of Multinational Companies, chapter 13 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Dachs, Bernhard, 2017. "Internationalisation of R&D: A Review of Drivers, Impacts, and new Lines of Research," MPRA Paper 83367, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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