Technological globalisation and innovative centres: The role of corporate technological leadership and locational hierarchy

John Cantwell, Odile Janne

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Abstract

This paper examines two related propositions. First, that multinational corporations (MNCs) emanating from the most important locations in their industry are more likely to evolve towards technological strategies of geographically differentiating their innovative activities abroad. Second, that MNCs originating from weaker centres in the same industry tend rather to evolve towards a strategy of replicating in the profile of their technological development abroad the pattern of their home country specialisation. Using data on patents granted in the US to the largest European-owned firms for research carried out in European locations, the results from cluster analysis and from multiple linear regressions give broad support to these propositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-144
Number of pages26
JournalResearch Policy
Volume28
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Keywords

  • Corporate technological leadership
  • European-owned firms
  • Multinational corporations

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