An Exploration of Swedish Companies’ Offshoring of R&D Activities to China
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
A trend among manufacturing companies is offshoring of R&D. The aim of this study is to investigate Swedish companies' offshoring of R&D activities to China, utilizing both a survey and explorative case studies. The survey results show that 9% of the companies have offshored R&D to China, that performance in China is satisfactory, primarily in terms of costs, and that there is a need for strong integration mechanisms to handle coordination and information sharing. Based on the case studies, a categorization of firms offshoring R&D into Market- & Talent-driven firms and Low-cost & Supply-driven firms is proposed, as these have different challenges and require different managerial solutions. Finally, a dilemma concerning information sharing and innovation is identified and discussed.
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Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-77825DOI: 10.1109/ICMIT.2010.5492707ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954950118OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-77825DiVA: diva2:492107
The 5th International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology
QC 201202082012-02-072012-02-072012-02-08Bibliographically approved