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How does R&D internationalization in multinational firms affect their innovative performance? The moderating role of international collaboration in the energy industry

Hurtado-Torres, Nuria E., Aragon-Correa, Juan Alberto and Ortiz-de-Mandojana, Natalia (2017) How does R&D internationalization in multinational firms affect their innovative performance? The moderating role of international collaboration in the energy industry International Business Review.

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of the degree and geographic diversification of a firm’s R&D internationalization on its innovative performance. We use an unbalanced panel dataset of 401 observations from 110 multinational firms operating in the energy industry over a period of six years to support the argument that both the degree and the geographic diversification of a firm’s R&D internationalization have an inverted U-shaped relationship with a firm’s innovative performance. Our results also show that collaboration among R&D units located in different countries moderates this relationship by reducing both the positive effects and the challenges of the degree of R&D internationalization. This paper extends the emerging innovation focus in the headquarters–subsidiary literature by contributing to our understanding of the implications of the international R&D activities of firms and supports the utilization of social exchange theory in order to identify the moderating influence of the collaboration among a firm’s R&D units located in different countries.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hurtado-Torres, Nuria E.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aragon-Correa, Juan Albertoj.aragon@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Ortiz-de-Mandojana, NataliaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : R&D internationalization; Innovative performance; International collaboration of R&D; MNEs
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Oct 2017 15:24
Last Modified : 17 Oct 2017 15:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842561

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