The Internationalisation of Business R & D

The Internationalisation of Business R & D

New Perspectives on the Modern Corporation series

Edited by Bernhard Dachs, Robert Stehrer and Georg Zahradnik

It has become clear that over the past few decades enterprises not only produce and sell abroad but increasingly also develop goods and services outside their home countries; a development now known as the internationalisation of business R & D. This book presents a comprehensive picture of the current state of internationalisation of R & D in the business sector.

Chapter 10: Drivers of R & D Internationalisation in the Automotive Industry and in Knowledge-intensive Business Services

Bernhard Dachs and Doris Hanzl-Weiss

Subjects: business and management, international business, economics and finance, economics of innovation, international business, innovation and technology, economics of innovation


The previous chapter has identified various drivers of R & D internationalisation at the country level. Internationalisation processes in R & D, however, are highly sector- and firm-specific, and there exists a considerable degree of heterogeneity with respect to drivers and motives below the country level. Motives to locate R & D abroad can be even more differentiated when we look at the sectoral level (Hedge and Hicks 2008). Thus, this chapter will complement the econometric analysis of drivers presented in the previous chapter with an in-depth view on the drivers of R & D internationalisation in the automotive industry and in knowledgeintensive business services. Both industries have been identified in Chapter 7 as key sectors in R & D internationalisation. The case study will focus on the automotive sector in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, and at knowledge-intensive business services in Estonia, Israel, and in the United Kingdom.

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