International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy
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International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy (1 paper in press)
Foreign ownership and domestic cooperation for innovation during good and harsh economic times by Antonio García Sánchez, Ruth Rama Abstract: A sample of firms active in the Spanish Information and Communication Technology sector during 2003-2014 is analysed to assess whether foreign subsidiaries are likely to make a technological contribution to domestic innovative capabilities during expansive phases of the business cycle and during recessions. Domestic firms are used as a control group. Innovative foreign subsidiaries are more likely than non-innovative foreign subsidiaries to cooperate for innovation with local partners. However, the most advanced foreign subsidiaries seem reluctant to engage in local cooperation for innovation. Foreign subsidiaries have shown greater capability than domestic firms in increasing their collaboration with local partners during the 2008 crisis. Keywords: internationalization of R&D; foreign subsidiaries; domestic business groups; cooperation for innovation; ICT sector; crisis; Spain.