Mapping R&D within multinational networks: Evidence from the electronics industry

Paula Urze, Maria João Manatos

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Based on the final results of the R&D.COM - Local R&D COMpetencies within Global Value Chains project, this paper aims at mapping the trajectories of delocalised R&D units within a multinational's global strategy and designing the knowledge flows within the global value chain. This analysis was performed using typologies proposed in the theoretical framework, which help us to have an overview of the network. The methodology is grounded on one extended case study that involves a local R&D unit (Portugal), a foreign R&D unit (Netherlands) and the headquarters (Norway) - developed on a multinational from the electronics industry. This case is an example of a multinational company where R&D is developed mainly in the headquarters but it is also delocalised to some subsidiaries with a certain level of autonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeveraging Knowledge for Innovation in Collaborative Networks
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE 2009)
EditorsL. M. Camarinha-Matos, I. Paraskakis, H. Afsarmanesh
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-04568-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-04567-7
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2009
Event10th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE 2009) - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 7 Oct 20099 Oct 2009
Conference number: 10th

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


Conference10th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises (PRO-VE 2009)
Abbreviated titlePRO-VE 2009


  • I and D
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge transfer autonomy
  • Multinational networs
  • Subsidiaries


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