New Perspectives on the Modern Corporation series
Edited by Bernhard Dachs, Robert Stehrer and Georg Zahradnik
The previous chapters drew a detailed picture of the current status of business R & D internationalisation at the level of countries and sectors. The aim of this chapter is to explain the sectoral and cross-country patterns identified above therefore seeking to identify the key drivers of R & D internationalisation. First, a descriptive analysis will look at the relationship between R & D internationalisation and the internationalisation of production and compare the relative R & D intensities of domestic and foreign-owned firms across countries and sectors. Additionally, econometric analyses are conducted to provide a broader and more general picture of the drivers of R & D internationalisation as identified in the literature. The analysis aims to identify a set of variables that determine the internationalisation decision of firms in R & D. Specifically, this analysis identifies host country characteristics that drive business R & D expenditure of foreign-owned firms.
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