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Building R&D capability in subsidiaries - conceptualization of a process perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7479-0656
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Business Adm, Sch Business Econ & Law, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Business Adm, Sch Business Econ & Law, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Multinational Business Review, ISSN 1525-383X, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 35-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the literature discussing the internationalization of research and development (R&D) among multinational companies by proposing a process description to capture the development of local R&D capabilities in subsidiaries. Design/methodology/approach The authors build the conceptualization not only on the prevailing literature on resource management, subsidiary evolution and subsidiary initiatives, but also on empirical observations. Findings A process in four phases is distinguished to describe the evolution of R&D capabilities in subsidiaries: the identification of an opportunity in the host country that triggers the establishment of local R&D capabilities; the gathering of support - from the host country and from MNC internally - and resources; the bundling of the resources to build capabilities; and finally the leveraging of the capabilities. Originality/value By providing a process perspective on MNCs internationalization of R&D focussing on the development and management of R&D capabilities at subsidiaries, the paper adds a more dynamic dimension to the previously rather static view on R&D internationalization.

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EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD , 2019. Vol. 27, no 1, p. 35-53
Keywords [en]
Resource management, MNC internationalization, R&D capability, Subsidiary evolution, Subsidiary initiative
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-383200DOI: 10.1108/MBR-01-2018-0007ISI: 000464998700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-383200DiVA, id: diva2:1338566
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Torsten Söderbergs stiftelseAvailable from: 2019-07-23 Created: 2019-07-23 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved

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