Title: How transfer of R&D to emerging markets nurtures global innovation performance

Authors: Sigvald J. Harryson, Peder Veng Soberg

Addresses: Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM), P.O. Box 117, SE-220 00 Lund, Sweden. ' Baltic Business Research Center, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Grondalsvagen 19, 39182 Kalmar, Sweden

Abstract: In the context of global R&D, we connect literature on knowledge management to a network-based theoretical framework helpful to explain the impact of R&D globalisation on innovation performance. This framework is applied to two case companies, both global leaders within their respective industries, in order to analyse the extent to which their strategic globalisation of R&D activities, from Scandinavia to China, has contributed to increased innovation performance. Our findings suggests that close interaction and cross-fertilisation with local knowledge networks are of eminent importance for newly established R&D offsprings to improve overall innovation performance. Pack Tech illustrates this through a collaboration-intensive approach to university competitions in China.

Keywords: innovation performance; R&D transfer; networking; ambidexterity; exploration sources; university collaboration; emerging markets; research and development; knowledge management; knowledge networks; Scandinavia; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2009.032737

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2009 Vol.4 No.4, pp.367 - 391

Published online: 18 Apr 2010 *

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