Funding sources and the strategic roles of decentralised R&D in multinationals

Papanastassiou, Marina and Pearce, Robert (2005) Funding sources and the strategic roles of decentralised R&D in multinationals. R&D Management, 35 (1). pp. 89-99. ISSN 0033-6807

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Abstract

This paper analyses the sources of funding accessed by laboratories of foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating in the UK. The five separate sources of funding are systematically related to four different roles that such labs are seen to play. The results confirm the view that decentralised R&D in MNEs now plays significant and carefully defined roles in the technological and competitive evolution of these enterprises. The strong position of central group funds is seen to reflect two trends in the status of decentralised labs. Firstly, to support their willingness to activate strong local scientific inputs for longer-term and speculative
(risky) research programmes. Secondly, to inculcate an acceptance of individual labs to operate within interdependent networks of group operations (precompetitive research or product development).

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International Business group
A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation
Item ID: 12158
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Depositing User: Marina Papanastasiou
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 06:23
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:28
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12158

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