Offshore and Domestic Subsidiary R&D Sourcing: Its Antecedents and Innovation Outcomes

Michael Mol, Olivier Bertrand

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In this paper we investigate under what conditions subsidiaries source R&D inputs from fellow subsidiaries located at home or offshore and how subsidiary R&D sourcing affects the propensity to innovate. Using French data, we conclude that subsidiary R&D sourcing is a source of heterogeneous knowledge, but mostly when undertaken offshore. Offshore subsidiary R&D sourcing involves a greater cognitive distance than sourcing domestically though, and this makes it more difficult to engage in such sourcing, unless a firm can apply mechanisms that reduce this distance, through export intensity or being located near country borders. We think that subsidiary R&D sourcing is a form distinct from both internal and outsourced R&D and through this paper attempt to stimulate research into this form of R&D.
StatusUdgivet - 2013
Udgivet eksterntJa
BegivenhedStrategic Management Society 33rd Annual International Conference. SMS 2013 - Atlanta, GA, USA
Varighed: 28 sep. 20131 okt. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 33


KonferenceStrategic Management Society 33rd Annual International Conference. SMS 2013
ByAtlanta, GA