Multinationals in the Knowledge Economy: A case study of AstraZeneca in Sweden
2010 (English)In: Repositioning Europe and America for Growth: The Role of Governments and private Actors in Key Policy Areas / [ed] Eberhard Bohne and Charlie Karlsson, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2010Chapter in book (Refereed)
This report presents a case study of the role of a large R&D intensive multinational company for a small open economy. The case study examines the role of AstraZeneca in the Swedish economy, i.e. an economy dominated by multinational companies. The purpose of the report is to analyze the interaction of AstraZeneca’s units in Sweden with the rest of the Swedish economy, and the Swedish innovation system in particular. We analyze the company’s role as an employer in the private sector, its transaction links with other Swedish firms and its role for Sweden’s exports. In a second perspective we focus on the company’s role in the Swedish knowledge economy and innovation system. The report analyses the company as a node for knowledge flows in the Swedish economy and innovation system, and its role as an employer of highly educated and skilled workers in Sweden.Our analysis of the Swedish units’ interaction with the rest of the Swedish economy shows that ’traditional’ couplings in the form of transactions with Swedish suppliers are limited. It is instead the company’s position in the ‘knowledge economy’ that makes its presence in Sweden important.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2010.
, Transatlantic public policy series, 5
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52486ISBN: 978-3-643-10776-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-52486DiVA: diva2:467071
QC 201201052011-12-182011-12-182012-01-05Bibliographically approved