Title: The influence of R&D internationalisation on the dynamic capability development in Brazilian multinationals
Authors: Jessâmine Thaize Sartorello Salvini; Simone Vasconcelos de Ribeiro Galina
Addresses: School of Economics, Business and Accountancy of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (USP), Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, Monte Alegre, 14040-905, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil ' School of Economics, Business and Accountancy of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (USP), Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, Monte Alegre, 14040-905, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
Abstract: The internationalisation of R&D activities allows multinational companies to have access to technology and innovation, which could not be obtained by simply acting in their countries of origin. Although the literature on R&D internationalisation is extensive, its contribution to the development of dynamic capabilities has been less focused. The main objective of this article is to analyse how R&D internationalisation contributes to the development of dynamic capability characteristics, always bearing in mind that these can be more easily achieved when R&D subsidiaries are spread throughout the world. As for the theoretical background, studies on internationalisation frameworks for R&D activities were gathered at the premises of the development of dynamic capabilities. The methodological procedures adopted were a qualitative exploratory approach to analyse cases of Brazilian multinationals which have R&D subsidiaries in other countries. With this research, one concludes that R&D internationalisation motivated for increase of knowledge, and whose coordination structure is decentralised and highly integrated, influences the development of dynamic capabilities. The main contribution of this paper is to extend understanding on the influence of international R&D management in dynamics capabilities development.
Keywords: R&D internationalisation; dynamic capabilities; developing countries; innovation; strategy; capability development; emerging economies; Brazil; multinationals; multinational corporations; MNCs; R&D subsidiaries; international management; R&D management.
International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2015 Vol.7 No.4, pp.318 - 335
Received: 23 Mar 2015
Accepted: 02 May 2015
Published online: 13 Nov 2015 *