Global R&D Activities of Japanese Mncs in the Us: A Triangulation Approach

47 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2006

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Sam Susumu Kurokawa

Drexel University - Organization Sciences

Satoshi Iwata

Hokkaido University - Graduate School of Economics & Business Administration

Edward B. Roberts

Founder/Chair, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

We examined 79 Japanese MNCs' R&D subsidiaries in the US from the knowledge-based view. We find: (1) subsidiaries' R&D strategies generally encourage knowledge flows; (2) subsidiaries' R&D alliances promote knowledge flows; (3) R&D subsidiaries with process-oriented incentives promote vertical knowledge flows; (3) autonomous R&D subsidiaries promote knowledge flows from the local environments to the subsidiary; (4) R&D subsidiaries with a high level of knowledge flows accumulate a high level of knowledge; and (5) R&D subsidiaries with a high level of accumulated knowledge achieve high overall performance. Our interviews with 30 R&D subsidiaries and 10 parent companies supplement these findings.

Keywords: MNCs, R&D Management, Knowledge-Based View, International Subsidiaries

Suggested Citation

Kurokawa, Sam Susumu and Iwata, Satoshi and Roberts, Edward B., Global R&D Activities of Japanese Mncs in the Us: A Triangulation Approach (February 2006). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4598-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.887197

Sam Susumu Kurokawa

Drexel University - Organization Sciences ( email )

United States

Satoshi Iwata

Hokkaido University - Graduate School of Economics & Business Administration ( email )

Kita-ku Kita 9 Nishi 7
Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060
Japan

Edward B. Roberts (Contact Author)

Founder/Chair, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
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