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Investing in localised relationships with universities: what are the benefits for R&D subsidiaries of multinational enterprises?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
2009 (English)In: Industry and Innovation, ISSN 1366-2716, E-ISSN 1469-8390, Vol. 16, 59-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In spite of a long-standing interest in the distribution of knowledge spillovers from university research, there is only limited theoretical understanding of if and when opportunities to interact with a research university constitute a significant force of attraction for globally mobile investment in RD. Based on an empirical investigation of the benefits of interaction with universities, this paper proposes an analytical framework and four ideal types of strategy for localised collaboration between RD subsidiaries and universities. This taxonomy, which largely transcends industry sectors, and the illustrative cases presented in this paper provide insights into the potential scope for localised university-industry interaction from the perspective of multinational enterprises. By connecting the empirical results to the question whether these benefits are significant enough to enhance a region's attractiveness as a location for RD, we are able to develop a better understanding of the alternative strategies for policymakers and university leaders interested in stimulating such linkages.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2009. Vol. 16, 59-78 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge spillovers; multinational enterprises; university-industry interaction; localisation of RD
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10254DiVA: diva2:212586
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QC 20100706Available from: 2009-04-22 Created: 2009-04-22 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Strategists and Academics: Essays on interaction in R&D
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategists and Academics: Essays on interaction in R&D
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis consists of five self-contained essays on interaction in R&D between university researchers and private firms. Together, these essays explore the conditions under which private firms benefit from spillovers from publicly funded and organised research. From the first essay, which sets out to empirically validate the theoretical arguments about the benefits of university-industry interaction for private firms, the thesis follows a line of pursuit that goes back and forth between exploration of the different benefits that firms enjoy from university interaction and the relationships between these benefits and the conditions of interaction. In essay II, a typology of rationales for establishing cooperative relations is presented. A considerable breadth of interaction rationales is documented, but on closer examination, a “core” set of rationales related to innovation in terms of invented or improved products or processes are found to be the main drivers of interaction. Developing this view, three critical issues previously studied within innovation economics are re-considered from the point of view of firm rationales for interaction; public co-funding of university-firm interaction (essay II), the role of geographic proximity for interaction on R&D (essay III) and the organisation of public sector research (public research institutes and universities) in relation to firm level competences (essay IV). In a fifth essay, four ideal types of strategy for localised interaction between R&D subsidiaries and universities are proposed. Through the framework developed in this essay, the rationales for interaction are related to the overall R&D strategy of multinational firms. Concluding the thesis, it is discussed how the research presented herein opens up for improved theorizing around the roles of academic research for industrial innovation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2009. 25 p.
Series
Trita-TEC-PHD, ISSN 1653-4468 ; 09:003
Keyword
public research, spillovers, university-industry, innovation, R&D interaction, rationales for interaction, geographic proximity, R&D strategy
National Category
Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10259 (URN)978-91-85539-40-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-06-04, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 23, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20100706Available from: 2009-05-18 Created: 2009-04-24 Last updated: 2011-11-09Bibliographically approved

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