Title: Internationalisation of innovation as a propeller of the relational capability of a subsidiary: the case of Siemens Brasil

Authors: Antonio De Sant'Anna Limongi França; Emerson Antonio Maccari; Priscila Rezende Da Costa

Addresses: Doutorado em Administração, Universidade Nove de Julho, Brasil, Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 612, Água Branca, São Paulo, Brazil ' Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Administração, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 612, Água Branca, São Paulo, Brazil ' Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Administração, Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE), Av. Francisco Matarazzo, 612, Água Branca, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract: Given the operating context of multinational corporations, creating value does not depend only on the centralised development of innovation. In fact, it often involves the dynamic and interactive capability of generating relevant and adherent innovating solutions at the global level, including headquarters, subsidiaries and technology partners. Thus, the relational capability of dynamically developing innovation interactions can emerge. Accordingly, our objective was to analyse how the relational capability of a subsidiary can be optimised through the internationalisation practices for innovation adopted by a multinational company. For this purpose, we conducted qualitative research using the case of Siemens in Brazil. The results indicate managerial aspects of relational capability and internationalisation of innovation, in addition to mechanisms and interfaces of local development in a subsidiary.

Keywords: multinational company; subsidiary; Siemens Brasil; relational capability; internationalisation of innovation; local development; technological assignments;R&D autonomy; reverse knowledge transfer; ambidexterity; Brazil.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2017.087492

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2017 Vol.22 No.4, pp.434 - 457

Received: 23 Mar 2016
Accepted: 30 Oct 2016

Published online: 09 Oct 2017 *

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