Live and Let Die: A Survival Analysis of Foreign R&D Units in Swedish MNCs

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    This paper develops and tests as set of hypotheses regarding factors that influence the longevity of foreign R&D units in Swedish MNEs 1992-2012. The results obtained points to a hitherto underexplored aspect of the internationalization of R&D – the quite considerable volatility of R&D activities undertaken abroad. Over the 20 year period, 42 per cent of the R&D units had been closed down. As hypothesized, the hazard for closure declines with age and is greater for R&D units added through mergers and acquisitions than for greenfield establishments, but was smaller for strongly locally embedded units and units with R&D directed towards global markets. Contrary to expectations, the hazard of closure was greater for units strongly integrated with the rest of the MNE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business : Local Contexts in Global Business
    EditorsKlaus Meyer, Tunga Kiyak
    Place of PublicationEast Lansing, MI
    PublisherAcademy of International Business
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventAIB 2014 Annual Meeting : Local Context in Global Business - Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 23 Jun 201426 Jun 2014
    Conference number: 56


    ConferenceAIB 2014 Annual Meeting
    LocationWestin Bayshore
    Internet address
    SeriesAcademy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings

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