Industrial influences on R&D transfer to China

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to open a new research frontier concerning industry factors influencing R&D transfer to emerging markets within Western multinational companies (MNCs).
    Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a framework based on knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, and innovation theory, which is illustrated in two cases from globally leading MNCs from different industries and technological fields which have established R&D units in China. It addresses the issue of industrial influences on R&D transfer to emerging markets, and the
    importance of complementary assets for innovation performance.
    Findings – The framework and empirical research suggest that R&D transfer to new R&D units in emerging markets is less challenging for companies within industries characterized by slow technological development. This is due to dynamics, which result in codification and diffusion of technical knowledge, whereby it is easier to transfer and absorb. When the transformation from
    exploration to exploitation of knowledge is simple rather than complex within an industry, R&D transfer is less challenging. Leverage of local complementary assets nurtures reverse R&D knowledge transfer – positively impacting innovation performance.
    Originality/value – The paper addresses the gap in knowledge transfer theory concerning industrial R&D transfer differences. The paper provides a framework for innovation related industrial contingencies on R&D transfer concerning emerging markets, and it advances the argument that complementary assets are important for R&D in emerging markets. Implications for management in
    China are outlined. The term captive knowledge transfer is coined.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalChinese Management Studies
    Volume4
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)322-338
    Number of pages17
    ISSN1750-614X
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    China
    Emerging markets
    Knowledge transfer
    Industry
    Complementary assets
    Innovation performance
    Multinational companies
    Influencing factors
    Innovation theory
    Technological development
    Exploitation
    Knowledge innovation
    Knowledge creation
    Leverage
    Codification
    Empirical research
    Innovation
    Contingency
    Design methodology

    Keywords

    • Innovation
    • China
    • Research and development
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Emerging markets

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    In: Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2010, p. 322-338.

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