Building new Knowledge Networks: A Europe–China Perspective on R&D Offshoring

Sigvald Harryson, Peder Veng Søberg, Niklas Åkerman

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    Abstract

    This paper explores how offshoring of R&D affects innovation performance based on three recent cases of R&D transfer from Scandinavia to China. One globally leading packaging company moved R&D to China and immediately arranged innovation competitions between three selected universities in order to improve their innovation performance within distribution equipment. Two
    other Scandinavia originated companies – now global leaders within robotics and diabetes treatment – did on the other hand not co-operate as closely with local universities when they transferred R&D to China – and captured less innovation performance. By combining theories on ambidexterity, knowledge transfer and networking, a theoretical framework is developed to analyze the different strategies for local knowledge network interaction that are deployed by the case companies. The analysis suggests that close interaction and cross-fertilization with local knowledge networks are of eminent importance if newly established R&D offsprings are to improve overall innovation performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference
    PublisherLund University, Sweden
    Publication date27 May 2009
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2009
    Event 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference - Mölle, Sweden
    Duration: 27 May 200929 May 2009

    Conference

    Conference 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference
    CountrySweden
    CityMölle
    Period27/05/200929/05/2009

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    Innovation performance
    Knowledge networks
    Offshoring
    China
    Interaction
    Scandinavia
    Local knowledge
    Networking
    Ambidexterity
    Knowledge transfer
    Innovation
    Packaging
    Diabetes
    Robotics
    Theoretical framework

    Keywords

    • Innovation performance
    • ambidexterity
    • R&D transfer
    • networking
    • sources of exploration

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    Harryson, S., Søberg, P. V., & Åkerman, N. (2009). Building new Knowledge Networks: A Europe–China Perspective on R&D Offshoring. In Proceedings of 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference Lund University, Sweden.
    Harryson, Sigvald ; Søberg, Peder Veng ; Åkerman, Niklas. / Building new Knowledge Networks: A Europe–China Perspective on R&D Offshoring. Proceedings of 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference. Lund University, Sweden, 2009.
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    Harryson S, Søberg PV, Åkerman N. Building new Knowledge Networks: A Europe–China Perspective on R&D Offshoring. In Proceedings of 11th Annual SNEE European Integration Conference. Lund University, Sweden. 2009