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Organizing international innovation: R&D mandates and coordination patterns in Japanese multinational corporations

"Schriften zur Wirtschaft Asiens"  · Band 7

352 Seiten ·  39,80 EUR (inklusive MwSt. und Versand)
ISBN 978-3-89518-759-9 (Oktober 2009 )

International business has changed profoundly over the last three decades. The radical strengthening of foreign subsidiaries within multinational corporations (MNCs) is arguably a key feature of the new competitive landscape since the 1990s. A second and related trend is the rising importance of technological innovation generated outside the corporate home base. This study addresses both issues by analyzing how multinational corporations coordinate R&D units located outside their home location. More specifically, the coordination structures employed towards Japanese expatriate R&D units are examined and the effect of R&D mandate and country-of-origin on coordination structures analyzed. The empirical research is based on an extensive questionnaire and interview study. Questionnaire data on 69 Japanese R&D units were collected and 16 interviews were conducted with R&D managers in executive positions of Japanese MNCs.

the author
Dr. Roman Bartnik
Roman Bartnik Studies in management science at the University of Trier (Dipl.-Kfm.) and Duisburg-Essen (Dr. rer. oek.), specializing on Service Management and International Management. Dr. Bartnik has conducted research and lectured on International Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Frankfurt, the Cologne Business School and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. He has conducted research and business negotiations in English, French, and Japanese (JLPT 1). Combining his interest in international coordination and service management, Dr. Bartnik works as a consultant and project manager for international software projects at INFORM, the global market leader in airport resource planning and optimization software.
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