Not With my Own: Long-term Effects of Cross-country Collaboration on Subsidiary Innovation in Emerging Economies

47 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2012 Last revised: 2 Oct 2012

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Tufool Alnuaimi

Imperial College London

Jasjit Singh

INSEAD; INSEAD

Gerard George

Singapore Management University

Date Written: June 18, 2012

Abstract

Prior literature has established that international collaboration on R&D is an important means for generating new and impactful ideas through the cross-border integration of knowledge. We show that cross-country collaboration improves not just the resulting inventions, but also has a long-term benefit for the involved inventors in terms of continuing to generate higher-impact patents in the future. However, our results also show that the improved performance of specific inventors in an MNC subsidiary does not translate to broader subsidiary-level capabilities at innovation. One possible explanation might be that inventors obtaining international exposure often do not develop collaborative ties with other inventors in the subsidiary, favoring instead to collaborate internationally on subsequent R&D projects.

Suggested Citation

Alnuaimi, Tufool and Singh, Jasjit and Singh, Jasjit and George, Gerard, Not With my Own: Long-term Effects of Cross-country Collaboration on Subsidiary Innovation in Emerging Economies (June 18, 2012). INSEAD Working Paper No. 2012/62/ST, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2029608 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2029608

Tufool Alnuaimi

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Jasjit Singh (Contact Author)

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Gerard George

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