The transfer and creation of knowledge within foreign invested R&D in emerging markets

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    Purpose – The paper investigates important impediments to knowledge creation within newly established foreign invested R&D centers in China, and India.
    Design/methodology/approach - The paper presents a framework based primarily on knowledge creation theory, in order to better understand barriers for transfer - and creation of innovation related knowledge, within newly established foreign invested R&D units in emerging markets, in particular China and India. The paper utilizes extensive empirical data, collected in a holistic multiple case study, including three globally leading MNCs, originating
    from Scandinavia, which have established R&D units in China and India.
    Findings – Examples of innovations in China and India within Scandinavian MNCs are presented, which illustrate that innovation is indeed possible in China and India. However, impediments to innovation also exist, especially concerning socialization with the purpose of knowledge creation and innovation. The skills of R&D employees in both China, and India, may be particularly relevant for process innovations, as they require good codification skills.
    Originality/value – A synthesis of existing knowledge creation theory is outlined, and applied, in order to compare the R&D knowledge creation skills of Chinese, Indian and Scandinavian engineers, within multinational companies. The framework is relevant in order to understand better, how the knowledge creation potential of countries such as China and India, can be made use of, within foreign invested R&D units in these countries. Implications, especially relevant for managers, working with newly established foreign invested R&D units
    in emerging markets, are outlined.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Technology Management in China
    Volume6
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)203-215
    ISSN1746-8779
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2011

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    Emerging markets
    China
    India
    Knowledge creation
    Innovation
    Impediments
    Multiple case study
    Design methodology
    Scandinavia
    Process innovation
    Engineers
    Empirical data
    Managers
    Socialization
    Knowledge innovation
    Employees
    Multinational companies
    Codification

    Keywords

    • China
    • India
    • foreign invested R&D
    • innovation performance
    • knowledge creation
    • knowledge transfer

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