The Antecedents and Innovation Effects of Domestic and Offshore R&D Outsourcing: The Contingent Impact of Cognitive Distance and Absorptive Capacity

Olivier Bertrand, Michael J. Mol

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This paper analyzes differences in the antecedents and performance consequences of domestic and offshore R&D outsourcing. Offshore outsourcing is characterized by larger cognitive distance. We find that absorptive capacity from internal R&D allows for more offshore outsourcing and that offshore outsourcing leads to more positive innovation outcomes, especially product innovation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)751-760
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Outsourcing
  • Absorptive Capacity
  • Cognitive Distance
  • Innovation
  • Offshoring

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