Reverse knowledge transfer and its implications for European policy

Narula, Rajneesh and Michel, Julie (2009). Reverse knowledge transfer and its implications for European policy. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Narula, Rajneesh
    Michel, Julie
    Title Reverse knowledge transfer and its implications for European policy
    Publication Date 2009
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract There is a growing international dispersion of R&D activities by MNEs for the purposes of maintaining and augmenting their knowledge assets. Firms need to tap into alternative knowledge sources , as home countries are rarely able to meet all their technological needs. However, accessing to foreign knowledge implies integration with the host country innovation system that requires considerable time and resources. Although asset-augmenting activities are seen as primarily benefitting the MNE, we argue that home country innovation systems can also benefit from reverse knowledge transfer. Policy makers need to promote these linkages and flows, rather than seeing R&D internationalisation as a threat to the home economy. New knowledge developed abroad by firms can and should be encouraged to be transferred to the rest of the firm and to the local environment of the home country. JEL codes F23, O32, L22
    Keyword Reverse knowledge transfer
    R&D
    Innovation policy
    EU
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2009
    ISSN 1871-9872
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