Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2016

Abstract

Prior work has shown that the strength of the intellectual property regime (IPR) in a host country influences offshore R&D to that country. Building on this work we propose that the strength of the IPR in a host country differentially influences the threat of knowledge leakage on projects that are produced for the location where the multinational firm is headquartered (home) versus the offshore location to which the R&D project is sent (host). We argue and show that when the host location has a weak IPR, fewer host inventors are involved in host R&D projects when compared to home R&D projects. We test our hypotheses using a dataset of patents held by US assignees, but coinvented in 43 host locations with differing IPR strength.

Keywords

intellectual property regime, R&D offshoring, multinational R&D strategy, global organization of work, knowledge spillover

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Strategic Management Journal

ISSN

0143-2095

Identifier

10.1002/smj.2418

Publisher

Wiley

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2418