The Internationalisation of Business R & D
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The Internationalisation of Business R & D

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.
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Chapter 9: Host Country Determinants of R & D Internationalisation

Sandra Leitner and Robert Stehrer


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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