Title

Innovating in the Periphery: The Impact of Local and Foreign Inventor Mobility on the Value of Indian Patents

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2012

Abstract

We examine the impact of local and foreign labor mobility in India by modeling one regional and one global network, each of which captures the inter-organizational mobility of inventors. Our analysis of the regional network shows that, within India, the productivity of inventors does not improve when they move from foreign to Indian organizations. In the global network, we find that Indian organizations remain located in the periphery as a result of employing a small number of inventors from foreign organizations. However, in the instances when inventors are hired from foreign organizations, they are able to produce patents with a higher impact in comparison to inventors hired from other Indian organizations. Furthermore, when the inventors are hired from abroad, the impact of their patents is even higher in comparison. The implications of these findings for innovation and policy in the emerging economy context are discussed.

Discipline

Asian Studies | Business | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Research Policy

Volume

41

Issue

9

First Page

1534

Last Page

1543

ISSN

0048-7333

Identifier

10.1016/j.respol.2012.06.001

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2012.06.001